Display standard website

Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 11 - Voting and divisions

Right click over the text to activate a context menu for Odgers. (Note: on iPad Safari this function is activated by a finger press and holding down for several seconds.)

The Constitution entrenches the rule that decisions are made in the Senate by majority voting; it is not open to the Senate, as it is to houses of some other legislatures, to alter the principle of majority voting and to adopt some other method of making decisions by changing its internal rules of procedure. This entrenchment of the principle of majority voting is in accord with the theory of the geographically distributed majority underlying the composition of the Senate.1

Majority voting

Special majorities

Voting by voices


Declaration of interest



Roll call

Free votes

Electronic voting