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Monday, 22 September 2008
Page: 5181


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (12:31 PM) —by leave—The opposition is seeking, as we have just heard, to suspend all procedures until that bill is dealt with. The Australian Greens would amend that motion to first have the three revenue-raising bills, dealing with the luxury car tax, the Medicare levy alteration and the condensate tax, dealt with. We see the responsibility for dealing with the revenue raising as being equal with that for dealing with the expenditure. We believe all the bills can be dealt with this week, but we are of a mind to say to the opposition, ‘First, let’s deal with the revenue-raising legislation, and then let’s immediately deal with the expenditure on the increase in the pensions,’ which the Greens have, of course, initiated debate on in this place and want to see passed this week.