Senate composition

The outcome of the federal election on 7 September 2013 (including the Western Australian re-election on 5 April) saw the numbers in the Senate change.

Graphs comparing the composition of the Senate at 30 June to the composition from 1 July 2014

For more information about the re-election in Western Australia, please see the website of the Australian Electoral Commission.

To 30 June 2014

Until 30 June 2014, party representation in the Senate was as follows:

  • Coalition - 34
  • Australian Labor Party - 31
  • Australian Greens - 9
  • Independent - 1
  • Democratic Labour Party - 1

Current Senate

From 1 July 2014:

  • Coalition - 33
  • Australian Labor Party - 25
  • Australian Greens - 10
  • Palmer United Party - 3
  • Independent - 1
  • Democratic Labour Party - 1
  • Liberal Democratic Party - 1
  • Family First - 1
  • Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party - 1

The new Senate

The terms of the new state senators commence on 1 July 2014, and they will take their seats on 7 July. The territory senators were sworn in on 12 November 2013, which was the first day of the new Parliament.

The new Senate will see the numbers on the crossbench rise to a record high of 18. Previously, the highest number was 13 in 2002-2005.

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