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  • n. The seats in either house of the British parliament, or a similar assembly, used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the main opposition party.


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  • It was blocked twice last year by the Opposition and crossbenches, meaning the Government has a double dissolution trigger, but it has so far indicated that it is reluctant to use it.

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  • Vere Harmsworth, his affable first proprietor, sat on the crossbenches in the Lords, occasionally approved of Brussels and remarked pointedly that Paul was only safe in his job while circulation and profits made his arguments for him.

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  • The voice at the other end said, This is very impertinent, because I know you sit on the crossbenches, you show no interest in active politics.

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  • Then Grettir sprang on to the crossbenches near the door.

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  • In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Mail, Mr Katter revealed his plan to "control" state politics through the crossbenches after the next election and immediately hit the campaign trail against Premier Anna Bligh and Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman. | Top Stories

  • He succeeded his father, John, in 1989 and found his metier on the crossbenches in the

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  • The crossbenches have played a critical part in getting us to the good point we are on the substantive issues.

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  • At the time, the senator said he had grown tired of waiting and had warned the government was "basically burning the goodwill of the crossbenches".

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  • And ever since 2007, when they found themselves the largest party on the Senate crossbenches with five senators, after the demise of the Democrats, they deliberately set about proving they could be "responsible" holders of the balance of power.

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  • "This is basically a political scam, it's nothing more than sheer and blatant party politics," Mr Madden said of the opposition motion, which was passed in the upper house with support from the crossbenches.

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