Members of the Australian Senate, 2014–2016
This is a list of members of the Australian Senate between July 2014 and May 2016. This includes senators elected at the 2010 federal election (whose terms normally would have been July 2011 – June 2017), and those elected at the 2013 federal election (whose terms would have been July 2014 – June 2020). The new Senate first met in July 2014, with state senators elected in 2013 sworn in on 7 July 2014. Ascertaining the chamber's final composition was complicated by the loss of 1,375 ballot papers in Western Australia, leading to the Court of Disputed Returns voiding the result there, and necessitating a special Senate election in Western Australia (held on 5 April 2014). All senator's terms were truncated when the double dissolution deadlock provisions were triggered in 2016, leading to the dissolution of all of both houses of parliament on 9 May 2016 which led to a full-senate election on 2 July 2016, rather than a more common half-senate election. The new senator's terms will be deemed to have begun on 1 July 2016, and the senate will decide which of their number have 3-year terms expiring after the next half-senate election, and which members have full six-year terms. The 2016 general election was subsequently called for 2 July 2016 to elect new senators whose terms would be deemed to begin on 1 July 2016.
- a ^ Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion sits as the sole representative of the Country Liberal Party, the local equivalent of both the National and Liberal parties. He sits in the National party room, and serves as the National Party deputy leader in the Senate.
- b ^ There is no separate LNP party room. Senators Brandis, Lindgren, McGrath and Macdonald sit in the Liberal party room. Senators Canavan and O'Sullivan sit in the National party room.
- c ^ Victorian Senator John Madigan resigned from the DLP on 4 September 2014 and sat thereafter as an independent.
- d ^ Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie resigned from the Palmer United Party on 24 November 2014 and sat thereafter as an independent.
- e ^ New South Wales Labor Senator John Faulkner resigned from the Senate on 6 February 2015. Jenny McAllister was appointed as his replacement on 6 May 2015.
- f ^ Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus resigned from the Palmer United Party on 13 March 2015 and sat thereafter as an independent.
- g ^ Australian Capital Territory Labor Senator Kate Lundy resigned from the Senate on 24 March 2015. Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was appointed as her replacement on 25 March 2015.
- h ^ Queensland LNP Senator Brett Mason resigned from the Senate on 26 March 2015. Joanna Lindgren was appointed as his replacement on 21 May 2015.
- i ^ Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne resigned from the Senate on 10 August 2015. Nick McKim was appointed as her replacement on 19 August 2015.
- j ^ South Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright resigned from the Senate on 10 September 2015. Robert Simms was appointed as her replacement on 22 September 2015.
- k ^ Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson resigned from the Senate on 28 February 2016. James Paterson was appointed as his replacement on 9 March 2016.
- l ^ Western Australian Senator Joe Bullock resigned from the Senate on 13 April 2016. Pat Dodson was appointed as his replacement on 28 April 2016.
- "Correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Governor-General concerning the double dissolution of Parliament" (PDF). Governor General of Australia. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- Antony Green (25 April 2016). "How Long and Short Senate Terms are Allocated After a Double Dissolution". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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