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Members of the Australian Senate, 2014–2016

Senate composition at 1 July 2014
Government (33) - (6 seat minority)
  Liberal (23)
  Liberal National (6)
  National Party (3)
  Country Liberal (1)

Opposition (25)
  Labor (25)

Crossbench (18)
  Greens (10)
  Palmer United (3) [i]
  Democratic Labour (1) [ii]
  Family First (1)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
  Motoring Enthusiast (1)
  Xenophon (1)
 
Changes in composition

  1. ^ Jacqui Lambie resigned from the Palmer United Party to sit as an independent from 24 November 2014. Glenn Lazarus resigned from the Palmer United Party to sit as an independent from 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ John Madigan resigned from the DLP on 4 September 2014 and sat thereafter as an independent.

This is a list of members of the Australian Senate between July 2014 and May 2016.[1] Half of the state senators had been elected at the August 2010 election and had terms due to finish on 30 June 2017; the other half of the state senators were elected at the September 2013 election and had terms due to finish on 30 June 2020. The territory senators were elected at the September 2013 election and their terms ended at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was May 2016. The new Senate first met in July 2014, with state senators elected in 2013 sworn in on 7 July 2014. Ascertaining the chamber's final composition was complicated by the loss of 1,375 ballot papers in Western Australia, leading to the Court of Disputed Returns voiding the result there, and necessitating a special Senate election in Western Australia (held on 5 April 2014).

All senators' terms were truncated when the double dissolution deadlock provisions were triggered in 2016, leading to the dissolution of all of both houses of parliament on 9 May 2016[2] which led to a full-senate election, rather than a more common half-senate election, at the 2 July 2016 general election.

Senator Party State Term ending Years in office
Eric Abetz   Liberal Tasmania 2017 1994–2022
Chris Back   Liberal Western Australia 2017 2009–2017
Cory Bernardi   Liberal South Australia 2020 2006–2020
Catryna Bilyk   Labor Tasmania 2020 2008–present
Simon Birmingham   Liberal South Australia 2020 2007–present
George Brandis   Liberal National [a] Queensland 2017 2000–2018
Carol Brown   Labor Tasmania 2020 2005–present
Joe Bullock [b]   Labor Western Australia 2020 2014–2016
David Bushby   Liberal Tasmania 2020 2007–2019
Doug Cameron   Labor New South Wales 2020 2008–2019
Matt Canavan   Liberal National [c] Queensland 2020 2014–present
Kim Carr   Labor Victoria 2017 1993–2022
Michaelia Cash   Liberal Western Australia 2020 2008–present
Richard Colbeck   Liberal Tasmania 2020 2002–2016, 2018–present
Jacinta Collins   Labor Victoria 2020 1995–2005, 2008–2019
Stephen Conroy   Labor Victoria 2017 1996–2016
Mathias Cormann   Liberal Western Australia 2017 2007–2020
Sam Dastyari   Labor New South Wales 2017 2013–2018
Bob Day [d]   Family First South Australia 2020 2014–2016
Richard Di Natale   Greens Victoria 2017 2011–2020
Pat Dodson [b]   Labor Western Australia 2020 2016–2024
Sean Edwards   Liberal South Australia 2017 2011–2016
John Faulkner [e]   Labor New South Wales 2017 1989–2015
David Fawcett   Liberal South Australia 2017 2011–present
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells   Liberal New South Wales 2017 2005–2022
Mitch Fifield   Liberal Victoria 2020 2004–2019
Alex Gallacher   Labor South Australia 2017 2011–2021
Katy Gallagher [f]   Labor Australian Capital Territory 2016 [g] 2015–2018, 2019–present
Sarah Hanson-Young   Greens South Australia 2020 2008–present
Bill Heffernan   Liberal New South Wales 2017 1996–2016
David Johnston   Liberal Western Australia 2020 2002–2016
Chris Ketter   Labor Queensland 2020 2014–2019
Jacqui Lambie   Palmer United/Ind [h] Tasmania 2020 2014–2017
Glenn Lazarus   Palmer United/Ind [i] Queensland 2020 2014–2016
David Leyonhjelm   Liberal Democrats New South Wales 2020 2014–2019
Joanna Lindgren [j]   Liberal National [a] Queensland 2017 2015–2016
Sue Lines   Labor Western Australia 2017 2013–present
Scott Ludlam   Greens Western Australia 2020 2008–2017
Joe Ludwig   Labor Queensland 2017 1999–2016
Kate Lundy [f]   Labor Australian Capital Territory 2016 [g] 1996–2015
Ian Macdonald   Liberal National [a] Queensland 2020 1990–2019
John Madigan   Democratic Labour/Ind/MFP [k] Victoria 2017 2011–2016
Gavin Marshall   Labor Victoria 2020 2002–2019
Brett Mason [j]   Liberal National [a] Queensland 2017 1999–2015
Jenny McAllister [e]   Labor New South Wales 2017 2015–present
Anne McEwen   Labor South Australia 2017 2005–2016
James McGrath   Liberal National [a] Queensland 2020 2014–present
Bridget McKenzie   National Victoria 2017 2011–present
Nick McKim [l]   Greens Tasmania 2017 2015–present
Jan McLucas   Labor Queensland 2017 1999–2016
Christine Milne [l]   Greens Tasmania 2017 2005–2015
Claire Moore   Labor Queensland 2020 2002–2019
Ricky Muir   Motoring Enthusiast Victoria 2020 2014–2016
Fiona Nash   National New South Wales 2017 2005–2017
Deborah O'Neill [m]   Labor New South Wales 2020 2013–present
Barry O'Sullivan   Liberal National [c] Queensland 2020 2014–2019
Stephen Parry   Liberal Tasmania 2017 2005–2017
James Paterson [n]   Liberal Victoria 2017 2016–present
Marise Payne   Liberal New South Wales 2020 1997–2023
Nova Peris   Labor Northern Territory 2016 [g] 2013–2016
Helen Polley   Labor Tasmania 2017 2005–present
Linda Reynolds   Liberal Western Australia 2020 2014–present
Lee Rhiannon   Greens New South Wales 2017 2011–2018
Janet Rice   Greens Victoria 2020 2014–present
Michael Ronaldson [n]   Liberal Victoria 2017 2005–2016
Anne Ruston   Liberal South Australia 2017 2012–present
Scott Ryan   Liberal Victoria 2020 2008–2021
Nigel Scullion   Country Liberal [o] Northern Territory 2016 [g] 2001–2019
Zed Seselja   Liberal Australian Capital Territory 2016 [g] 2013–2022
Rachel Siewert   Greens Western Australia 2017 2005–2021
Robert Simms [p]   Greens South Australia 2017 2015–2016
Lisa Singh   Labor Tasmania 2017 2011–2019
Arthur Sinodinos   Liberal New South Wales 2020 2011–2019
Dean Smith   Liberal Western Australia 2017 2012–present
Glenn Sterle   Labor Western Australia 2017 2005–present
Anne Urquhart   Labor Tasmania 2017 2011–present
Dio Wang   Palmer United Western Australia 2020 2014–2016
Larissa Waters   Greens Queensland 2017 2011–2017, 2018–present
Peter Whish-Wilson   Greens Tasmania 2020 2012–present
John Williams   National New South Wales 2020 2008–2019
Penny Wong   Labor South Australia 2020 2002–present
Penny Wright [p]   Greens South Australia 2017 2011–2015
Nick Xenophon   Nick Xenophon Team South Australia 2020 2008–2017

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e There is no separate LNP party room. Senators Brandis, Lindgren, McGrath and Macdonald sat in the Liberal party room.
  2. ^ a b Western Australian Senator Joe Bullock resigned from the Senate on 13 April 2016. Pat Dodson was appointed as his replacement on 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b There is no separate LNP party room. Senators Canavan and O'Sullivan sat in the National party room.
  4. ^ On 5 April 2017 the High Court held that South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day had been incapable of sitting as a senator from 26 February 2016 as he had an indirect interest in an agreement with the Commonwealth.[3] The High Court had previously held that the presence of a person who was not validly a senator did not invalidate the proceedings of the Senate.[4]
  5. ^ a b New South Wales Labor Senator John Faulkner resigned from the Senate on 6 February 2015. Jenny McAllister was appointed as his replacement on 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Australian Capital Territory Labor Senator Kate Lundy resigned from the Senate on 24 March 2015. Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was appointed as her replacement on 25 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e The term of a territory senator ends at the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which was July 2016.
  8. ^ Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie resigned from the Palmer United Party on 24 November 2014 and sat thereafter as an independent.
  9. ^ Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus resigned from the Palmer United Party on 13 March 2015 and sat thereafter as an independent.
  10. ^ a b Queensland LNP Senator Brett Mason resigned from the Senate on 26 March 2015. Joanna Lindgren was appointed as his replacement on 21 May 2015.
  11. ^ Victorian Senator John Madigan resigned from the DLP on 4 September 2014 and sat thereafter as an independent.
  12. ^ a b Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne resigned from the Senate on 10 August 2015. Nick McKim was appointed as her replacement on 19 August 2015.
  13. ^ New South Wales Labor Senator Bob Carr resigned on 24 October 2013, after the election in September 2013, creating two vacancies, the balance of his term & the new term to end on 30 June 2020. On 13 November 2013 Deborah O'Neill, who had lost her House of Representatives seat at the 2013 federal election, was appointed to the vacancy from 24 October 2013 to 30 June 2014. On 2 July 2013 O'Neill was appointed to the vacancy in the new term to 30 June 2020.
  14. ^ a b Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson resigned from the Senate on 28 February 2016. James Paterson was appointed as his replacement on 9 March 2016.
  15. ^ Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion sat as the sole representative of the Country Liberal Party, the local equivalent of both the National and Liberal parties. He sat in the National party room, and served as the National Party deputy leader in the Senate.
  16. ^ a b South Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright resigned from the Senate on 10 September 2015. Robert Simms was appointed as her replacement on 22 September 2015.

References

  1. ^ "Members of the Senate" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Commonwealth of Australia: Senate. 7 July 2014. pp. ii–iii.
  2. ^ "Correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Governor-General concerning the double dissolution of Parliament" (PDF). Governor General of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  3. ^ Re Day [No 2] [2017] HCA 14; "Judgment summary" (PDF). High Court of Australia.
  4. ^ Vardon v O'Loghlin [1907] HCA 69, (1907) 5 CLR 201.
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