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Senator Cash, pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 640—That the Senate notes the reflections of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) on the President of the Senate, the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard), the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), Senator Boswell, the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) and Senator Cash.

Debate ensued.

Senator Milne moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but considers the call from the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Abbott) to debate Australia's economy, and his proposals which would lead to a $70 billion deficit and extensive job losses, as a more appropriate matter for debate in the Opposition's private senators' time".

Debate ensued.

At 6 pm: Debate was interrupted while Senator Ryan was speaking.