The Senate is where the Federal Government negotiates new legislation. It needs the support of the independent cross-benchers to pass it.
The proportional representation system of voting to elect senators makes it easier for independents to be elected.
The government of the day usually does not have a majority of votes in the Senate. This means the independents are able to use their combined voting power to reject or amend government legislation. The independents usually negotiate a better deal for their state.
We have no independent senators from Western Australia.
It’s time we did…
Vote 1 JULIE MATHESON for Western Australia.
The Senate is a powerful place to negotiate more for Western Australia. For example when John Howard was Prime Minister he negotiated with Senator Brian Harradine to provide $360million for Tasmania in return for his vote on the sale of Telstra.
I will be negotiating a fair share of the GST for Western Australia in return for my vote in the Senate.