Nick Xenophon

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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Dumping crisis

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 100,000 Australian...

Food labelling scandal

This policy position argues that labeling laws should allow consumers the opportunity to know the origins of the food they are purchasing and consuming.

Online and sports betting

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 community.

Poker machines

The poker machines industry is an industry based on exploitation and greed. No matter how powerful and cashed up the pokies lobby is, the fact is most Australians want to see sensible practical reforms to curb the damage caused by pokies.

Selling the farm

Foreign investment clearly can play an important role in developing Australia's economy. But the issue is that the current foreign investment rules are too lax and too vague to protect the national interest. Australia needs to be aware of how much of our agricultural land...