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Parliament consists of two houses – the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senators are elected by the citizens of the 6 States and 2 Territories.  There are 76 Senators – 12 from each State and 2 from each Territory.  State Senators are elected for a term of 6 years.  Territory Senators are elected for a term of 3 years.

Learn more about the Senate by downloading the Senate Fact Sheet. 

Elect an Independent to the Senate – It’s Time

Opinion piece by Tony Lane for the Community Independent Movement

How the numbers work – making your Senate vote count

Read Tony Perrott’s presentation on how senate voting works.

Meet the independent thinkers who’ll hold government to account

In October 2021, Independent Senate candidates, Susan Benedyka for Victoria and Professor Kim Rubenstein for Canberra, were interviewed by special guest Jane Caro AM, to discuss responsible government, representative democracy and the Senate.  Jane Caro has since announced that she is running as a Senate candidate for the Reason Party. 

How to Vote Card

My how to vote cards have been released and the message is simple – you’ll find me over in column T.

For voting above the line – Place a “1” in Column T. You must number 6 boxes 1-6 for your vote to count OR,

For voting below the line – Place a “1” next to my name and a “2” next to Christine Richards’ name. You must number 12 boxes 1-12 for your vote to count.