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ECONOMICS—MANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY

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.