Australian Senate

The Senate is one of two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. Its 76 senators are responsible for reviewing proposals and decisions made by the House of Representatives.

For example, if the House of Representatives wanted to introduce a new tax, the Senate would need to review and pass it before the law came into effect.

The special system of voting used to elect senators makes it easier for independents, and small parties like the Wikileaks Party, to be elected.