New Australian Senate Powerbrokers Outline Policy Demands

July 14, 2016 5:42 AM

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CANBERRA, Australia — With the dust still not settled from one of Australia's closest-ever elections, competing political factions have begun issuing demands — from banning Muslim immigration, scrapping a trade deal with China to imposing curbs on gambling — in return for supporting government legislation in the next Senate.

The final makeup of a more fractious Senate won't be settled for weeks after the July 2 election, but the results already give a minor party and an independent senator leverage over Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative government in outlining their demands.

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