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Senator Fifield, pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 201—That the Senate condemns the Rudd Government for its reckless management of the Australian economy in a time of global economic challenge, including:

 (a) the Government's irresponsibility in talking down the Australian economy;

 (b) the massive collapse in consumer and business confidence since the election of the Rudd Government;

 (c) the delivery of a budget that forecasts an increase in unemployment;

 (d) the Government's raising of inflationary expectations and failure to honour its promise to address cost of living pressures; and

 (e) the absence of a coherent economic strategy and a focus on presentation rather than policy.

Debate ensued.

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