Dealing with ‘the other place’: The working relationship of prime ministers and the Senate

Stream: Panel 86 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Australian Prime Ministers 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm


This paper explores how prime ministers have responded to changes in their operating environment. In particular, it focuses the working relationships of prime ministers and key parliamentarians, including those from other political parties, in order to bring about changes to public policy. The paper analyses and categorises the leadership of prime ministers according to how they worked with the Senate including those periods where the government did not have a majority in the upper house. The paper considers prime ministers that served since the introduction of proportional representation for the Senate in 1949. In doing so, this project seeks to develop new typologies by which the leadership of prime ministers can be better understood.


Zareh Ghazarian (Presenter), Monash University