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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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Mr BANDT (Melbourne) (11:36): Mr Speaker, congratulations on your re-election. When you were elected last time, one of the requests that I made, and I think a number of the members of the crossbench made, was that when you look to the left and to the right you also look down the middle. I want to thank you for doing so. When you look down the middle in this parliament, you might not always be looking at the 'sensible centre', but you will see members who represent a very high number of people who voted at this election for third parties or independents. We hope that our voices continue to be heard in this parliament, where there may be many, many close votes, and that you always remember that there are not just two sides to this parliament but a number of people sitting down on the crossbenches as well.