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Nick Xenophon
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Australian Politics

Department of Human Services spends $500000 on legal fees fighting $6000 ...

The Canberra Times - December 22, 2014

The Department of Human Services has spent more than half a million dollars of taxpayers' money in legal fees fighting a child support dispute over $6000. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a "scandalous waste of taxpayers' money … to ...and more »

$6000 child support dispute costs Human Services over $500000

Digital Journal - December 22, 2014

The Department of Human Services has spent over $500,000 of taxpayers' money on legal fees fighting a child support dispute of $6,000. Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator stated, “This case is a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money … to protect the butt ...and more »

Barramundi: calls to restrict the name to Australian fish

ABC Online - December 19, 2014

NICK XENOPHON: There's an argument that barramundi being an Indigenous name ought to be reserved for Australian caught or Australian farmed barramundi. And I think it's fair enough. If the French can protect the word champagne, we should be able to ...and more »

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Smith Family delivers 1500 Christmas packages to South Australian families in ...

CT Australia - December 23, 2014

After Sydney's Exodus Foundation and the Salvation Army both reported increased demand for help in the lead-up to Christmas, the long-running national charity, The Smith Family, delivered around 1,500 packages throughout South Australia on Sunday.

SA to release mid-year budget update

Sky News Australia - December 23, 2014

Federal spending cuts are likely to be in the spotlight again when South Australia's Labor government hands down its mid-year budget review. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis this week warned of a $254 million dent to the state's revenue base from cuts to ...and more »

SA government facing mid-year $254m revenue dent

9news.com.au - December 23, 2014

Federal spending cuts are likely to be in the spotlight again when South Australia's Labor government hands down its mid-year budget review. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis this week warned of a $254 million dent to the state's revenue base from cuts to ...and more »

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Which of Australia's politicians deserve an award in 2014?

Sydney Morning Herald - December 23, 2014

Senator Lambie has achieved the political equivalent - since her swearing in, she has, in short order, referred to Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a "political psychopath", spoken out against gay marriage and burqas, and given Australia to understand that she ...and more »

Sussan Ley: From punk rocker to health minister

Sydney Morning Herald - December 22, 2014

Australia's newest health minister was actually born in Nigeria, to British parents. When she was just a baby, her family moved to the United Arab Emirates where her father was attached to British intelligence. She attended school there until she was 10 and ...and more »

Good news for politics junkies

The Australian - December 22, 2014

THIS past year saw more books published on Australian politics, some good and others terrible, than ever before. Three prime ministers burst into print, former politicians rushed to keep their fading legacies alive, while some took a more detached view and ...

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