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The Senate is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Australia, the lower house being the House of Representatives. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia. There are a total of 76 Senators: 12 are elected from each of the six Australian states regardless of population and 2 from each of the two autonomous internal Australian territories. Senators are popularly elected under the single transferable vote system of proportional representation.
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Most of $250m arts support package unspentOnly $49.5 million of a $250 million support package for the arts sector has been allocated, a Senate estimates hearing has been told on Wednesday.
Labor's Kim Carr says funding for bushfire research centre must be secured past next year's deadlineLabor Senator Kim Carr has spoken out after Senate Estimates heard federal funding for a dedicated bushfire research centre will run out next year.
Former Liberal MP Sarah Henderson claims Victorian Senate vacancyFormer Liberal MP Sarah Henderson has been preselected to fill a Victorian Senate vacancy, beating out main rival Greg Mirabella for the position.
Sarah Henderson to fill Vic Senate vacancyFormer Liberal MP Sarah Henderson has been preselected to fill a Victorian Senate vacancy, beating out main rival Greg Mirabella for the position.
Show some manners, Lambie warns coalitionSenate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie has warned the Morrison government against trying to fast-track a vote on repealing refugee medical transfer laws.
Northern Australia policy under microscopeThe federal government's plan for Northern Australia will be put under the microscope, with a new Senate inquiry to review the coalition's agenda for the area.
Barilaro urges federal Nats to consider Liberal Senate challengeThe NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro says his federal colleagues should consider pushing the Liberals to hand over a Senate vacancy.
Nats have case for Senate seat: NSW leaderNSW Nationals' leader John Barilaro has stirred the pot by saying a Nat should fill the Senate spot soon to be vacated by departing Liberal Arthur Sinodinos.
Roadblock for Senate crossbench dole planCentre Alliance senator Rex Patrick says his small but crucial party will be ramping up pressure on the Morrison government to boost Newstart.
Pyne's defence job could face Senate probeCentre Alliance's Rex Patrick is confident ex-defence minister Christopher Pyne's controversial new job will face a Senate inquiry if Labor supports the move.
Christopher Pyne defends new job amid push for Senate inquiryCentre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the compliance of former ministers with the rules governing appointments after their term ends.
Christopher Pyne defends new job as senator moves for inquiry into ministerial standardsCentre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the compliance of former ministers with rules governing appointments after their term ends.
Malcolm Roberts returns to Senate for One Nation, as SA, WA and Queensland teams finalisedVoters in South Australia and Western Australia have returned mostly the same line-ups to the Senate at the 18 May federal election.
SA, WA and Qld Senate teams are finalisedVoters in South Australia and Western Australia have returned mostly the same line-ups to the Senate at the May 18 federal election.
Senators set to be formally declaredLiberal Zed Seselja and Labor's Katy Gallagher will represent the ACT in the Senate, with Tasmanian Jacquie Lambie's return to the upper house also confirmed.