Six Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Australian Senate is commonly regarded as a dull arena in Australian politics, long overshadowed by the melodramatic House of Representatives. The results of Saturday's federal election have all but ensured this will no longer be the case. With a record number of parties contesting the Senate, the flow of preferences between parties has been convoluted, confusing and controversial. It has led to situation in which senators have been elected despite claiming as little as 0.22 percent of the initial vote.

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