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December 1, 2005

The Senate is debating the IR legislation., which has about 700 pages There history is a truncated committee process (3 days) and the guillotine which cut in at midday. We are now in the committee stage of considering the amendments of the legislation. 39 minutes prior to the committee stage the government dropped in 337 amendments ---100 pages---with a truncated period for disccussing the amendments.

These amendments are designed to fix up the mistakes in the IR legislation--they are not amendments relating to policy issues How can the non government senators read that? How can you relate the 45 pages of the non-government parties to the orginal bill when we have to these government amendments that amend the original bill?

This highlights the lack of proper process and the contempt for the Senate. Legislation is being rammed through regardless of the consequences and without caring whether the Senate does its job properly:

Geoff Pryor

What we now have in the committee stage reading of the bill is Senator Eric Abetz, giving two partisan second reading speeches in the committee stage. He had forgotten to give his second reading speech at the right time. Abetz has no concern about the rules, procedures, values and conventions of the Senate. His position is that we have the numbers, we will do what we like, and there is nothing you can do about it.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:13 AM | | Comments (1)


So once again howard, backed by his pathetic sycophantic, grovelling, snivelling, dribbling Parliamentry followers, again shows his/their utter contempt and total disdain for the Australian Parliament, democracy, decency as well the to the Australian people.
Yet the stupid, greedy clowns in the electorate continue to vote for him and his conservative self seeking, self serving grotty, party.
Regards, R. Patterson