The Australian Democrats, when faced with an argument in a Senate debate, which they think has merit, they decide to support it [pdf].
Senator Bartlett (Queensland) (6.46 p.m.) – I thought I should make a few short comments to indicate support for the Labor amendment. Senator Ludwig has raised some valid points and has convinced me with the weight of the argument that he has put –
Opposition senators interjecting
Senator Bartlett – with some surrounding noise. Nonetheless, I heard what he was saying and he made some valid points. The Democrats will support his amendment.
That should not be news, but it is. The Australian Democrats, as a group, are by far the best Senate performers and the most Senatorial. Their activity belies their numbers. They are involved in everything, especially Andrew Bartlett and Andrew Murray.
I say that as an avid Senate Hansard reader. I also suspect that reading the Hansard directly will influence people’s voting. Political reporting in the mainstream media often has little bearing, relevance or even connection to what has occurred in Parliament or what is recorded in the Hansard.