Brown warns against coalition Senate vote


Brown warns against coalition Senate vote

  • AAP
  • June 21, 2013 2:56PM

THE Senate will be effectively abolished as a watchdog for the people if the coalition wins control of both houses of parliament at the upcoming election, former Greens leader Bob Brown says.

Mr Brown says the Liberals are gunning for the Greens’ seats in the upper house, particularly those in Western Australia and South Australia.

With the opinion polls pointing to a coalition landslide in September, Mr Brown said there was a real chance a Tony Abbott led government would be able to push through legislation at will.

“That’s a very worrying thought,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.

“That’s why it’s so critical the electorate recognises the danger to the Senate of an Abbott clean sweep.

“The Senate would be effectively abolished as a watchdog of the people.

“That’s something Australians generally don’t want.”

A strong swing to the coalition in the South Australian Senate vote could result in the Liberals picking up a third seat, at the expense of Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Labor would likely retain two seats and independent Nick Xenophon was also certain to be returned.

Senator Hanson-Young said she also expected Senator Xenophon to retain his seat and her battle would be against a “Cory Bernardi lookalike”, in reference to the sitting Liberal senator who has caused controversy with his comments over gay marriage, forcing him to stand down as a parliamentary secretary last year.

“It’s going to be a tough fight,” she said.

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