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Monday, 7 July 2014
Page: 4156

Senator MILNE (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (10:51): Mr President, I congratulate you on behalf of the Australian Greens on your election as the President of the Senate. We came into this Senate at the same time, and I have observed the service that you have given to the Senate, the parliament and the Australian people over that time. I wish you all the very best in serving the parliament and working with the Senate. I particularly welcome the remarks that you have made about standing up for the parliament against the executive. That is critical. I particularly note your reference to servicing and funding those roles. I look forward to working with you in supporting that outcome. It is going to be a challenging and new period for the Senate in Australia, but it is going to be one of the most democratic. I look forward to working with you, upholding our democracy and representing the people in the best way we all can.