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Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown Wednesday 4th February 2009, 12:00am

The Australian Greens support moves for additional Senate sitting days on Friday and next

week to deal with the stimulus package, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Opposition is going to block the stimulus package; the Greens will work to enhance it,"

Senator Brown said.

"The government isn't the only repository of good ideas. The Greens are not going to be

obstructionist, we are going to be creative and we expect the government to respond to that.

"For example, it is common sense to ensure the multi-billion dollar investment in school and

housing infrastructure is designed to use energy efficiently and that properties are equipped

with insulation and renewable energy infrastructure such as solar hot water.

"Senator Brown said the Greens were willing to sit next week and on Friday to allow

maximum opportunity for scrutiny and input from the community.

"The Greens will work for a committee hearing on Thursday night to allow Senators to

question Treasury Department officials on the package. Senators need to know whether or not

the government's rapid timetable for parliament to pass this legislation is fair dinkum.

Senator Brown said the Greens were also seeking briefings from ministers and department

officials on key aspects of the legislation.

"The government needs maximum flexibility to deal with the financial crisis but the buck

stops with the Senate. It would be abrogating the Senate's responsibility to taxpayers if it

were to pass $42 billion worth of legislation with little more than a day's scrutiny," Senator

Brown said.

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