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Australian Democrats Press Releases

Senator Lyn Allison Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Victoria

Dated: 31 October 2007 Portfolio: General

DEMOCRATS / GREENS ANNOUNCE PREFERENCE AGREEMENT

Coalition dominance and abuse of the Senate is a step closer to coming to an end after the Democrats and Greens reached a preference agreement.

“This preference agreement gives Australia the best chance of ridding the Senate of major party dominance and returning it to the house of review that it should be”, said Democrats Leader, Senator Lyn Allison.

“We ask the electorate to think carefully about their vote, so that the Senate does not again become a rubber stamp for every whim of the government”, said Senator Allison

The agreement will see the two biggest minor parties exchange preferences ahead of the two majors and all minor non-progressive parties.

Greens Leader Bob Brown said that “This agreement follows historic swaps between the Democrats and the Greens parties, which will also direct preferences to each other before the fundamentalist Family First party and Pauline Hanson”, said Senator Brown .

"No matter which party wins the keys to the Lodge, only a strong, independent Senate will hold the government to account,” Senator Brown said