Things I would note:
- Malcolm and the Coalition completely rejected the package and refused to negotiate.
- Mr F threw an impassioned wobbly and gave vague indications of what he wanted from the negotiations – and then voted for the package.
- Xenophon insisted on bringing Murray-Darling action into the package – which both Martin and Gans seem to suggest would not be very relevant or helpful in terms of economic stimulus – and blocked the bill when he didn’t get it.
- The Greens produced a list of amendments they wanted, negotiated to get some of them from the Government while missing out on others (including the Murray-Darling), and then voted to pass it.
Remember that when people are talking about who in our Parliament are the radicals, the unpredictable, and the obstructionists. And remember it when thinking about who can make an effective source of review in the Senate.