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Crossbench plans to hurt Coalition at next election

SENATE crossbenchers have vowed to preference Labor over the Coalition in key marginal seats at the coming election, in response to major Senate electoral reforms that could wipe out micro-parties.

Senators David Leyonhjelm and Bob Day said yesterday that they would preference against the Coalition because of the government's deal with the Greens on the voting reforms.

Sen Day said despite his party, Family First, opposing policies Labor supported, such as marriage equality, they would preference them anyway.

Sen Leyonhjelm said for any future votes in the Upper House, there was "no goodwill anymore" and the Coalition could no longer rely on support from the more conservative crossbenchers.

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