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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Page: 4278

Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (10:46 AM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT —Is leave granted?

Senator Parry —Two minutes.

The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes only.

Senator BOB BROWN —The Greens will be moving to add to the schedule of business the Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 and the Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Bill 2008. That being said, we see the priority the government has on the climate change legislation in this chamber and it ought to be determined in the sitting. We are not in favour of the idea that there can be no limit put on that debate or no resolution gained now but that, magically, in August we can.

What is more, we can see forward to August, in some way or other, and decide there will be a guillotine in place at the end of the first week in August. Yet apparently the House cannot decide to do that this week. We will be moving to support the government—if it holds its resolve, and it appears to be crumbling—to have the climate change legislation dealt with and brought to resolution. We will not be supporting a failure to do that now and the long-range view that that ought to be imposed in August. We will wait and see the circumstances in August. We want to see a resolution on this matter, but we are not going to commit to something in August that the other parties in this place seem not able to commit to right now.