Senators Sworn In; New Balance Of Power As 2013 Federal Election Finally Complete

Senators elected at last year’s federal election were sworn in this morning. The full effect of the 2013 Federal Election can now be seen in the balance of power in the upper house.

Thirty-six senators were chosen at the election on September 7, six from each State. They were sworn in during a 20-minute ceremony presided over by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

  • Watch the swearing-in ceremony (20m)

One senator, Deborah O’Neill (ALP-NSW) was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Carr. O’Neill had already filled the final months of Carr’s previous term, following her defeat as the member for Robertson in the House of Representatives.

There are 12 new senators, including 3 from the Palmer United Party, 2 from the Liberal National Party, 2 from the Australian Labor Party and 1 each from the Liberal Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Australian Greens and Family First.

For the first time since 2008, the ALP and the Greens have lost their majority control of the Senate. The Greens have lost their sole balance of power position and now share it with other parties and independents.

The government coalition of Liberal, LNP and Nationals holds 33 seats in the new Senate. It needs 6 extra votes to ensure passage of its motions and legislation. If support from the ALP and the Greens is not forthcoming, the government will need the support of the Palmer United Party and three other crossbenchers.

New Senators: Terms Commenced July 1, 2014; Terms End June 30, 2020
No. Name Party
NEW SOUTH WALES
1.
David Leyonhjelm
Liberal Democratic Party
VICTORIA
2.
Ricky Muir
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
3.
Janet Rice
Australian Greens
QUEENSLAND
4.
Matthew Canavan
Liberal National Party
5.
James McGrath
Liberal National Party
6.
Chris Ketter
Australian Labor Party
7.
Glenn Lazarus
Palmer United Party
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
8.
Linda Reynolds
Liberal Party
9.
Joe Bullock
Australian Labor Party
10.
Zhenya Wang
Palmer United Party
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
11.
Bob Day
Family First
TASMANIA
12.
Jacqui Lambie
Palmer United Party


The New Senate – from July 1, 2014
Party/Group No.
Coalition – (Liberal, Nationals, CLP)
33
Australian Labor Party (ALP)
25
Australian Greens (AG)
10
Palmer United Party (PUP)
3
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) – John Madigan
1
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) – David Leyonhjelm
1
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) – Ricky Muir
1
Family First (FF) – Bob Day
1
Independent – Nick Xenophon
1
TOTAL
76


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