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Former Liberal PM throws his support behind the Greens

FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has thrown his support behind Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, saying neither of the major parties deserve a majority in both houses of parliament.

Mr Fraser says while it is unusual for him to support a particular person in the Senate, he feels strongly about Senator Hanson-Young's stance on asylum seekers.

The former Liberal party leader told a forum in Adelaide that he supports her bid for re-election, but not her party as a whole.

"Senator Hanson-Young, as she said, has been a resolute and fair-minded voice on an issue which is important to Australia and where the major parties have let Australia down very, very seriously," Mr Fraser said.

"We don't understand in this country the damage that our stance is doing to us around the world."

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