Surprises abound as minor parties flood the senate

Clive Palmer and Glenn Lazarus.
Clive Palmer and Glenn Lazarus. Nev Madsen

THE expected election of Palmer United Party candidate Glenn "The Brick" Lazarus to the Senate will not be the only surprise awaiting the new Coalition Government.

Several of Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott's key promises, including the scrapping of the carbon tax, will rely on delicate negotiation with a diverse Senate.

Among the candidates that he may need to appease could be Pauline Hanson and the likely return of South Australian Senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Nick Xenophon.

There is also a chance a second PUP candidate and a Victorian Motoring Enthusiasts Party candidate could make it via complex preference deals.

However, the final make-up of the Senate will not be known for some time.

Topics:  carbon tax federal election 2013 glenn lazarus minor parties palmer united party senate

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Country Club becomes the centre of power

GENERATION: Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin, presenting the funding to the Club - General Manager Andrew Spice, Golf Director Ian Wingad, Chairman Peter Tomaros, Treasurer Anne Slater, and Director Tony Dahl.

Grant to Shore emergency centre

An evening of Muslim Sufi music with Tahir Qawwal

LOCAL: Canadian-born Tahir Qawwal.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from Pakistan and India

Beauty and the Beast as a ballet

TROUPE: Dancers Elise Jacques and William Douglas.

By the Victorian State Ballet

Local Partners