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Derryn Hinch will learn the job: Xenophon

AAP logoAAP 3/12/2016

Independent senator Nick Xenophon wants people to cut rookie senator Derryn Hinch some slack.

"He is still new in this business," the South Australian senator told ABC TV on Sunday.

Senator Hinch has been at the centre of criticism over his backflip on the backpacker tax, blindsiding the government by voting against its 15 per cent tax rate despite earlier backing an even higher 19 per cent.

But Senator Xenophon says parliament just needs to give his crossbench colleague some time.

"I'm sure he will master parliamentary procedure and all that goes with it. "I just think give him a break."

Senator Hinch had done exceptionally well brokering a number of concessions during his negotiations, he added.

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