The Senate results are in
Following a big campaign costing millions, Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has won a seat in the Federal Parliament. The Electoral Commission has given the green light to former real estate agent/conspiracy theorist Ralph Babet for the final Senate spot in Victoria, taking it from Liberal Greg Mirabella. Results for Western Oz and NSW are also through yesterday. Long story short, the Coalition is down 5 seats, but it still has the most in the 76-strong Senate with 32, followed by 26 for Labor, 12 for the Greens. There are 2 each from One Nation (including Pauline Hanson) and the Jacqui Lambie Network, one for UAP and independent David Pocock. It means Labor will need the 12 Greens + one more to pass legislation. And the public service is bracing for a shakeup with departmental heads expected to be confirmed this week. #SquizShortcut
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