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Take a seat Tony, one Trump is already too many

It's well past time the Prime Minister put a stop to Tony Abbott's extremist rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

"Tony Abbott's latest outburst is destructive and counterproductive, and should no longer be indulged by the Liberal Party," Australian Greens Acting Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

"Perhaps this is Mr Abbott's way of putting his name forward as Ambassador to the USA under would-be President Trump.

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West Papua

Senator DI NATALE

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 960 standing in my name for today relating to West Papua be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal? Formality has been denied.

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT

Leave is granted for one minute.

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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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