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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Government abuses Senate

Senator Brown, 9th June 2006

The Howard government is abusing the Senate by cutting the number of sitting days, extending sitting hours and using the guillotine on debate, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Having sat only 14 days this year, the Government Leader in the Senate, Nick Minchin, has now announced Friday sittings tacked onto the next 2 weeks to deal with a crush of backed-up legislation," Senator Brown said.

"This is Senate abuse. It is the arrogance of executive control using the government's new Senate majority."

"The Greens will campaign to rescue the Senate at next year's federal election," Senator Brown said.

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