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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
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Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (3:49 PM) —by leave—I note that Senator O’Brien has made it a standard practice of making a statement when the opposition and the Greens vote together on matters like this. I give notice that, while I am here, I will in future, to follow suit, stand to explain to the Senate, where the opposition and Labor vote together and the Greens vote the other way, why we have not supported that motion. If this is to become a standard process then I will follow suit with the government.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —As a point of clarification, Senator O’Brien explained why he was not calling a division. I guess if the same situation arises, Senator Brown, where you did not call a division you would be entitled to do the same thing.

Question agreed to.