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After a year as an increasingly discontented backbencher, Chipp resigned from the Liberal Party in 1977, citing the need for a new moderate political party. Later in the year he founded the Australian Democrats, and at the December 1977 elections he was elected to the Australian Senate, with one colleague (Colin Mason of New South Wales). As Democrats leader, Chipp was involved in various high profile environmental and social justice causes, including playing an important role in stopping the Franklin Dam Project.
Originally posted by justyc
perhaps you have something similar to the uk 'law of three'? that is that there is usually 3 famous people that will die around christmas and new year.