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ALP's Keneally replaces Dastyari in Senate

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February 14, 2018

Kristina Keneally has been formally elected a federal senator during a sitting of the NSW parliament

Former NSW Labor premier Kristina Keneally has been formally elected a federal senator by a joint sitting of NSW parliament.

Ms Keneally, who was unsuccessful in her bid to win the lower house seat of Bennelong in a December by-election, was formally elected to the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

She replaces Sam Dastyari who was forced to quit federal parliament over his controversial dealings with Chinese donors.

Ms Keneally was NSW's premier between 2009 and 2011.

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