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Nick Xenophon to Form Political Party

220px-2009_07_24_Nick_Xenophon_speaking_croppedSouth Australian independent Senator, Nick Xenophon, is one of the most powerful  politicians of the Australian political scene, as his vote determines whether a draft law is rejected or voted.

Xenophon, who was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Greek and Greek Cypriot migrants, is now seeking to register his own political party in an effort to enhance his chances of being reelected in the national election that will take place in September. Independent Senator Xenophon has applied to the Electoral Commission to recognize Nick Xenophon Group as a party.

“The fact that there have only been very few independents – a handful of them – in 112 years since the formation of the Senate indicates just how hard it is for independents to get across the line if they’re not above the line,” states Xenophon.

Xenophon was initially senator in the state of South Australia. Then he resigned to assert as an independent a position in the federal Senate. He succeeded. Today he is one of the most powerful politicians in Australia and his vote in the Senate is of decisive importance.

Xenophon became known to South Australia for his fight against gambling, a fight he continued throughout the rest of Australia.

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