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  • Saturday, March 25, 2006

    Australia's snub to Blair

    This report from The Age:

    In a sharp break with tradition, the British Prime Minister will formally address only the House of Representatives, with senators to be invited only to sit in public galleries.

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    According to Clerk of the Senate Harry Evans, the reason for the change is to make it easier for the Speaker to put down any dissent during Mr Blair's address.

    In October 2003, Greens senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle disrupted the joint meeting for President Bush, interrupting his speech with noisy protests against the war in Iraq.

    "Senators will be there virtually as observers in the galleries, as if they were members of the public," Mr Evans said.

    "So, if any of them interject this time, the Speaker will be able to instruct the security staff to throw them out without any difficulty.

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