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Rex Patrick

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Rex Lyall Patrick is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for South Australia since November 2017. He was appointed to the Senate to fill a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Nick Xenophon. He is a member of the Centre Alliance and sits on the crossbench. Before entering politics, Patrick was a businessman and senior business executive officer, as well as a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy.

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Crossbench senator Rex Patrick urges government to 'radically reduce' Chinese diplomats in Australia

Crossbench senator Rex Patrick has urged the government to send home "at least two thirds" of the 148 Chinese diplomats and consular personnel currently in Australia.
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Senator wants Chinese diplomats kicked out

Crossbench senator Rex Patrick has urged the government to send 100 Chinese diplomats packing, in an aggressive move that would undoubtedly enrage Beijing.
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Rex Patrick becomes fourth federal politician to test positive for COVID-19

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has returned a positive test for the coronavirus, making him the fourth federal politician to catch the disease.
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SA senator Rex Patrick has coronavirus

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has returned a positive test for the coronavirus, making him the fourth federal politician to catch the disease.
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Refer Liberal MP Liu to spy chief: senator

Senator Rex Patrick wants the prime minister to get information from security agencies about Liberal MP Gladys Liu's links to a Chinese government-linked group.
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Centre Alliance calls for government to fix 'historic wrong' over Timor-Leste gas and oil

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick is calling on the government to fix an "historic wrong" committed against Timor-Leste.
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Centre Alliance’s bid to halt foreign fighters bill blocked

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick's bid to get the government to release legal advice about draft laws stopping foreign fighters returning home has failed.
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No plans to increase Newstart: Morrison

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick says his small but crucial party will be ramping up pressure on the Morrison government to boost Newstart.
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Roadblock for Senate crossbench dole plan

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick says his small but crucial party will be ramping up pressure on the Morrison government to boost Newstart.
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Pyne's defence job could face Senate probe

Centre Alliance's Rex Patrick is confident ex-defence minister Christopher Pyne's controversial new job will face a Senate inquiry if Labor supports the move.
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Christopher Pyne defends new job amid push for Senate inquiry

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the compliance of former ministers with the rules governing appointments after their term ends.
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Christopher Pyne defends new job as senator moves for inquiry into ministerial standards

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the compliance of former ministers with rules governing appointments after their term ends.
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Key crossbencher calls for government protection for ATO whistleblower

Key crossbench Senator Rex Patrick has called on the government to intervene on behalf of tax office whistleblower Richard Boyle.
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Labor questions Dutton's row with senator

The federal opposition is relishing the public spat over media freedoms between Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and South Australian senator Rex Patrick.
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Dutton spat with senator "odd": ALP says

The federal opposition is relishing in a public spat between Peter Dutton and South Australian Senator Rex Patrick over media freedoms and scrutiny.
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Senator Rex Patrick accuses Home Affairs boss of intimidation following ABC raid outcry

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has accused Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo of trying to intimidate him, which the national security chief denies.
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Home Affairs boss accused of intimidation

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has accused Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo of trying to intimidate him, which the national security chief denies.
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Crossbencher seeks tax cut reassurance

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick won't back the federal government's tax cuts until he's sure they won't compromise essential services in the future.
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