This information relates to senators who held office prior to the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.
For more information about the re-election in Western Australia, please see the website of the Australian Electoral Commission.
On 4 September 2014, Senator Madigan, formerly of the Democratic Labour Party, informed the Senate that he would continue his term as an independent senator.
On 24 November 2014, Senator Lambie, formerly of the Palmer United Party, informed the Senate that she would continue her term as an independent senator.
On 16 March 2015, Senator Lazarus, formerly of the Palmer United Party, informed the Senate that he would continue his term as an independent senator.
The new Senate
The terms of the new state senators commenced on 1 July 2014, and they took 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 numbers on the crossbench have risen to a record high of 18. Previously, the highest number was 13 in 2002-2005.
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