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Thursday, 9 December 1993
Page: 4216

Senator MacGIBBON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes, with concern:

    (i)the coalition formed between the Australian Democrats and the Labor Government, as evidenced by the sending of a signed letter of agreement to pass the Budget legislation by 30 June 1994, a coalition which testifies to the harmonious political objectives and ideologies between the two parties, which in itself is neither unexpected nor exceptional,

    (ii)that the purpose and effect of the agreement between the two parties is to deny the constitutional rights of the members of the Senate to fully examine, debate and request amendments to Budget legislation,

    (iii)that the only way the agreement can be implemented is by the use of the `guillotine', thereby denying effective debate on the Budget bills, which are the most important bills in the parliamentary calendar because they appropriate the monies to be raised by the Government,

    (iv)that these bills take at least three and a half months in passage through the Senate, and this agreement provides for passage in a mere three and a half sitting weeks; and

  (b)calls on the Australian Democrats to table in the Senate the signed letter of agreement between the Australian Democrats and the Labor Government guaranteeing passage and royal assent to the Budget bills by 30 June 1994.