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The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 514—That the Senate—

 (a) concurs with the Opposition Shadow Treasurer, Mr Hockey, that `there would have been a legitimate justification for the government to say our debt, you know, our recovery, our economic recovery will be slower if we are running a big deficit and I think it [not proceeding with tax cuts] should have been considered as part of the mix'; and

 (b) calls on the Government to reconsider the tax cuts, in particular those for high-income earners.

Question put and negatived.