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any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition

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I agree that the upper chamber needs reform but the retention of a powerful (non-elected) crossbench is essential.
Treasurer, Scott Morrison said: I thank my Parliamentary colleagues, including National Party Members and Senators and crossbench Senators for working constructively with the government on the FTB measures which will help fund the billions in extra child care assistance for Australian families the government announced earlier this year.
To resolve the issue, the government offered to give seven extra staff with two additional advisors to reach the same number of staff given to crossbench senators.
Since summer 2010, Labour and crossbench peers have together defeated the Coalition 83 times in votes and forced ministers to make dozens and dozens of concessions.
The review panel, chaired by crossbench peer Baroness Neuberger, said they were "shocked" and "upset" at some of the "distressing" cases of appalling care.
The crossbench peer Lord Jones, a former head of business group the CBI, said: "I go around the world, banging the drum for Britain, trying to get companies to invest in Britain, yesterday just made that a little more difficult.
Earl Howe, a health minister, disclosed the Government's preliminary statistics in answer to a parliamentary question by Lord Alton of Liverpool, a crossbench peer and former MP who campaigns against abortion.
at the deal (centre) ticket Lord Elis-Thomas replied: "My nomination to the House of Lords as a Crossbench peer coincided with my appointment by the then UK Conservative Government to the non-political role of chair of a new statutory public body, the Welsh Language Board, and was therefore not contrary to the party constitution as I did not sit as a Plaid Member, as I do now.
Leading medic Lord Patel, an independent crossbench peer, said: "I am sympathetic to cutting the deficit, but I am highly sympathetic to sick and vulnerable people not being subjected to something that will make their lives even more miserable.
At question time in the House of Lords, the independent crossbench peer
His comments came as Lord Wigley, the former Plaid Cymru leader who sits as a crossbench peer, demanded the return of almost pounds 400m to Wales.
Andrew Stephenson, MP, Conservative Party from Pendle, Lord Popat of Harrow, Conservative Party and Lord Hylton, Crossbench Party from Raymond Joliffe.
Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott both flew to the national capital Canberra on Monday to hold talks this week with the crossbench MPs, who remain uncommitted to either side.
Close friend Lord Foulkes said: "Because he was Speaker, he had to be impartial and is a crossbench peer.
He has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 1979 and was appointed