Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie agree to preference deal for next federal election

 Two of the country's highest profile federal senators have forged a political alliance in an attempt to win more seats at the next election.

Nick Xenophon has secured the support of Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie following a trip to the north-west of the state last week, where he attended a community forum and bonded with Senator Lambie over fast food.

Senator Xenophon has also publicly backed Senator Lambie's controversial call for drug addicts to be forced into compulsory rehabilitation.

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