Friday, February 10, 2006

Senate making sense

Well common sense has prevailed in the Senate. The ayes were 45 and the noes 28, so the Bill has passed our upper house. It now goes to the lower house where all commentators believe it will be a very tight vote. Our conservative Prime Minister has already announced he will vote against the Bill - but that's hardly a surprise.

The 7.30 Report last night had a very interesting piece on the senate vote. Almost all of the women in the chamber voted in favour of the Bill, while most of the men were against it. Again, it's probably not a great surprise that the vote is splitting along gender lines, but it is disappointing. What's more disappointing is that the House of Representatives is heavily populated by men. Let's hope some of them are of the more enlightened variety.

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