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Who to watch in the new parliament

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016

LOWER HOUSE

NICK XENOPHON TEAM

Rebekha Sharkie (Mayo, SA): The former staffer to Jamie Briggs defeated him after he stood down from the front bench following an incident with a female public servant in a Hong Kong bar. She joins Bob Katter, Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie on the lower house cross bench.

LNP

George Christensen (Dawson, QLD): Given the government's slim majority, the outspoken MP will be one to watch after he threatened to cross the floor over the coalition's proposed superannuation changes. He is also promoting a new conservative movement in Queensland.

SENATE

ONE NATION

Pauline Hanson (QLD): The party leader, whose party was previously de-registered and who was forced to serve time behind bars, returns to Canberra following her stint in the 1990s. She comes armed with strong views on a number of issues including migration policy.

Brian Burston (NSW): The former deputy mayor on Cessnock City Council also lectured in engineering drawing in Sydney and Newcastle. He has been a member of One Nation since the party was formed and was its lead Senate candidate in NSW.

Rodney Culleton (WA): The farmer and businessman was the party's lead candidate in Western Australia but his election faces several legal obstacles. He has had a larceny conviction annulled but is still awaiting trial in Perth over another matter.

Malcolm Roberts (QLD): The former miner and climate change denier joins the One Nation fold in the Senate.

NICK XENOPHON TEAM

Nick Xenophon (SA): The returned senator has new colleagues in the upper house boosting his power. He can be swayed to side with the government on some issues - with amendments - but strongly pursues others like gambling reforms.

Stirling Griff (SA): The banker turned media manager and marketer met Nick Xenophon while acting as the Retail Traders Association CEO.

Skye Kakoschke-Moore (SA): The policy adviser to leader Nick Xenophon snatched the party's third Senate spot, having sought preselection without first telling her boss.

DERRYN HINCH JUSTICE PARTY

Derryn Hinch (VIC): The controversial broadcaster - who has been jailed twice for breaching court orders - is stepping into the political spotlight. He comes to Canberra with a strong desire to change racial discrimination laws.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

David Leyonhjelm (NSW): The returned senator's views on legislation can often align with Senator Bob Day's - and the government - but he is partial to sunset clauses and will be pursuing changes to racial discrimination laws.

FAMILY FIRST

Bob Day (SA): The senator was more likely to side with the government during the last parliament than other crossbenchers. Like Senator Leyonhjelm he will be pursuing changes to racial discrimination laws and has been keen to get new senators on board.

INDEPENDENT

Jacqui Lambie (TAS): After making her name in the previous parliament, Senator Lambie returns without her former Palmer United Party colleagues. She often stands opposed to government measures and is a strong advocate for veterans.

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