If the Opposition won the majority in the Senate, would they sit on the right of the President?

A woman in a suit stands at a table and is speaking in a red room. Other people in suits sit at desks behind her.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

Michael Masters/DPS Auspic

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

A woman in a suit stands at a table and is speaking in a red room. Other people in suits sit at desks behind her.

Michael Masters/DPS Auspic

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This photo shows the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate speaking in the Senate.

Thanks for your question.

As you know, at a federal election the party or coalition of parties with the support of the majority of members elected to the House of Representatives becomes the Australian Government. That team will sit to the right of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the right of the President of the Senate. So even if the opposition had a majority in the Senate they would still sit to the left of the President because they wouldn't be the government.