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cross-bench

Brit a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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BEFORE the new Senators had a chance to warm their cross-bench seats in July, we made sure it's clear they had a choice; either they keep our climate laws that cut pollution and protect our health or they repeal it and protect polluters' bottom lines.
PRENUPTIAL agreements should be binding, a cross-bench peer said as she urged Parliament to look again at divorce law.
Meanwhile, the Australian Labour Party has begun its negotiations with cross-bench senators in a move to block the proposed reform of racial discrimination laws.
Alton, a cross-bench member of the UK's House of Lords, is a member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.
He was similarly unforthcoming in replies to questions from other peers, including the cross-bench peer Lord Palmer, who said it was disgraceful that so many people were having to rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families.
Lord Hall, who was made a cross-bench peer in 2010, faces low morale at the broadcaster after staff went on strike last week over jobs, workload and allegations of bullying.
Baroness Caroline Cox, cross-bench member of the British House of Lords, as well as other
Lord Hall, who is a cross-bench peer as Lord Hall of Birkenhead, is also deputy chairman of Channel 4.
Lord Adebowale, who is currently Chief Executive of Turning Point and a cross-bench peer, will be joined by Dame Moira Gibb, Naguib Kheraj and Margaret Casely-Hayford.
In Britain, independent cross-bench members are appointed by an Appointments Commission, which has a strict criteria for selection.
Or at least it was - until last week, when a combination of Labour and Cross-bench peers (including myself), supported Baroness Harris, a rebel Liberal-Democrat peer, whose amendment to eliminate elected Commissioners from the Bill, won by 188-176 votes.
With four of the five cross-bench MPs in the new parliament now backing Gillard, she has a majority of just one seat.