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Senate of Australia


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The Australian Senate is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Australia, the lower house being the House of Representatives. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Chapter I, Part II of the Australian Constitution. There are a total of 76 Senators: 12 are elected from each of the six states regardless of population and 2 from each of the two autonomous internal territories. Senators are popularly elected under the single transferable vote system of proportional representation.
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    • Origins and role 

    • Electoral system 

    • Membership 

    • Procedure 

    • Where the Houses disagree 

    • Blocking supply 

    • Current Senate 

    • Historical party composition of the Senate