A million bucks to hobble Abbott's senate

The NTEU’s controversial Greens campaign, fighting against an absolute Coalition majority in the upper house, is one expression of the way the political landscape is being drastically redrawn.

The evening of June 26, 2013 was, for better or worse, an exhilarating moment in the corridors of offices occupied by the Canberra Press Gallery. The Rudd ballot result of 57 to 45 votes in his favour was announced at 9pm, followed by the announcement of Senator Penny Wong as senate leader nearly an hour later.


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