Politics Live: September 4, 2014
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Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has quit his party citing internal warfare, but says he will continue out the remainder of his term as an independent Senator.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government, labelling the federal government's deal with the Palmer United Party to pause the rise in superannuation contributions at 9.5 per cent until 2021 "wilful sabotage of the nation's universal savings scheme".
Labor attempts to exploit the government's deal with Clive Palmer to repeal the mining tax during Thursday's question time.
Cross bench Senator John Madigan will now serve as an independent, blaming a 'cancer of political intrigue' in the Democratic Labor Party.
Furious Democratic Labour Party officials have savaged John Madigan's decision to quit the party and continue serving as an independent senator, demanding he give the precious Senate seat back to the party they say he has betrayed.