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Senate history as Greens numbers draw results

Media Release
Bob Brown 10 Feb 2011

The Senate day has begun with two hours and 20 minutes of debate on private senators' bills - a breakthrough after a century of the Senate being almost exclusively run to facilitate governments' agendas, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

Bills debated today were from Senator Nash on student income support and Senator Ronaldson on Defence Force retirement benefits.

The next private senators bills debate in March will consider three Greens bills - for strengthening ACT and NT self government, protecting children from junk food advertising and a national beverage container deposit scheme.

The private senators' time mirrors new arrangements in the House and is a result of a long Greens campaign led by Senator Brown, and will occur every Thursday morning.

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