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Madigan hearts Xenophon. Independent Senator John Madigan announced yesterday that he would be starting his own party, with the catchy name "The John Madigan Manufacturing and Farming Party". The JMMAFP, as we like to call it, says it's all about what Australia produces -- "a country is what a country makes", and today the Australian Electoral Commission published the party's constitution as submitted. A tipster read the document closely, noting that this section looks a little familiar. While Madigan's policies aren't quite the same as Nick Xenophon's, he was obviously inspired by his fellow independent senator. Or perhaps the JMMAFP will have their hands full also managing the Nick Xenophon crowd ...