The supporters of Hanson, Xenophon, Lambie and Katter do not feel that the present arrangements in parliament are working for them and we should not rush to dismiss them.
A group with formal party status, however, should understand that it has duties to the parliament that extend beyond those of an individual member.
While both parties have rebuked Sam Dastyari, and Labor is talking about banning foreign donations, neither is interested in substantive reform.
On October 15th the citizens of the Australian Capital Territory will go to the polls to elect their representatives, and through them their government.
Will 'the gay vote' have an influence in the upcoming City of Sydney Council elections?
Belief in the substance of ethics and morality is an inconvenience, to the promotion and advancement of self, a catechism of the Right.
Pauline Hanson would have won under any system. One Nationís vote of 9.14 per cent in Queensland means that Hanson comfortably achieved a quota in her own right.
There is also a need to explain just how bad the present system is, with no limits on spending by multi-millionaires like Clive Palmer, and no constraints on donations from any source.
Labor may even take a conciliatory approach on some issues, because it doesn't want to be seen as obstructionist and sees an opportunity to make Bill Shorten look like a Prime Minister in waiting.
The absurd argument was that Australia should forego an increase in wages, investment, incomes, employment and economic growth just because some foreigners might receive a benefit.
University campuses are covered in myopic campaign gatherings against 'that Hanson woman'. The time she therefore receives in terms of interest and coverage tends to be out of all proportion to her actual relevance.
In marginal seats with large numbers of families using childcare, the Government did much better than in seats with low numbers of families using childcare.