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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1483


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (15:52): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens have just voted together to seek to deny the will of the Australian people as expressed at the last election. There could not have been a clearer policy proposition by any party at the last election than the explicit and often repeated commitment by the coalition to abolish the carbon tax—which, as you know, Mr Deputy President, was introduced by the former government in direct breach of a solemn commitment given at an election. The plan of those opposite has been clear all week, and that has been to delay, delay, delay—to put speaker after speaker after speaker, repeating the same lines over and over again, to deny the opportunity to get all 11 bills to a vote. The Senate should sit until such time as the package of bills is dealt with. That is what this motion was for. I acknowledge Senator Xenophon sitting on the correct side of the chamber for this vote. (Time expired)