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Nick Xenophon

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Before I became involved in politics, I was running a small suburban legal practice in Adelaide. In the mid 1990s I began to see client after client whose lives had been damaged in some way by the introduction of poker machines into pubs and clubs. At the time hardly anyone was talking about the harm caused by pokies in our community and I just thought, ‘enough is enough'.
I stood for the SA upper house in the 1997 State election on a ‘No Pokies’ platform and suprised everyone (especially myself) when I was elected. Re-elected in 2006 to State Parliament, I decided to run federally for the Senate in the 2007 election because I believed I could do more for SA on a whole range of issues. Since starting in the Senate in July 2008, I have fought on key issues for SA - pokies, online gambling, water security, food labelling, education, health, aged care, cost of living pressures and a whole lot more.
I believe the most important part of my job is speaking up for people who might not otherwise have a voice.

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26 May 2016

There isn’t another country in the world where the supermarket industry is so concentrated.

This level of market concentration is ultimately bad for competition and for consumers.

Australia needs:

A mandatory industry code of conduct that covers the entire supply chain, from...

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26 May 2016

When it comes to climate change, the very least we can do is to give the planet the benefit of the doubt.

That said, I don't support the carbon tax introduced by the Federal Government, nor do I support the Opposition's 'direct action' plan....

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26 May 2016

Essentially, dumping puts Australia companies at a significant disadvantage because they cant compete against these cheap below-cost imports.

Examples of goods which have recently been found to have been dumped in Australia include glass, toilet paper, steel, oranges and preserved mushrooms.

With over...

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26 May 2016

Current Australian labelling laws don't even allow consumers the opportunity to know the origins of the food they are purchasing and consuming. In fact, in many cases, these laws are less than useless -- they are downright misleading.

I have campaigned relentlessly on this...

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26 May 2016

There's one first Australians shouldn't be proud of -- we're number 1 in the world with per capita gambling losses and problem gambling.

Poker machines cause too much damage already. Online gambling -- including sports betting -- can dramatically increase the damage to the...

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