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Crossbencher

Independent or minor party member of a legislature

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A crossbencher is an independent or minor party member of some legislatures, such as the British House of Lords and the Parliament of Australia. They take their name from the crossbenches, between and perpendicular to the government and opposition benches, where crossbenchers sit in the chamber.

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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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Crossbenchers push to raise age of criminal responsibility in Australia

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Refugee advocates ramp up lobbying efforts

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Crossbencher seeks tax cut reassurance

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