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Dems side with Labor to gag debate, reduce bills scrutiny: Hill



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Wednesday, November 25 108/92

DEMS SIDE WITH LABOR TO GAG DEBATE. REDUCE BILLS SCRUTINYs TTTT.T.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Robert Hill, today condemned the Australian Democrats for again siding with Labor to gag debate and reduce proper scrutiny of legislation in the Senate.

"The Democrats this morning provided further evidence that they are abrogating their responsibility to scrutinise properly the Government's legislation," Senator Hill said.

"The Democrats voted with Labor to significantly reduce debate on all Bills currently before the Senate.

"The move means that the time allowed for individual speakers to debate a Bill has been cut from 30 to 20 minutes for all

remaining Bills this session.

"Many of the Bills are quite complex and speakers need time to cover thoroughly all the issues.

"The Democrats are completely misguided on the need for this morning's move to gag debate on Bills.

"The move has nothing to do with the time the Opposition has taken to debate Appropriations and other Bills in this session.

"It has everything to do with Labor's abysmal handling of its own legislative program.

"Excluding the package of communications legislation currently being debated, the Senate still has 106 Bills before it.

"Labor has introduced too much legislation too late to allow it to be fully debated by the only Chamber in a position to

scrutinise legislation properly.

"The Democrats' decision to support Labor's gag on debate further highlights their continuing failure to live up to their promise to 'keep the bastards honest'."

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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