That wasn't acceptable to the government which used its numbers in the lower house to reject Senate amendments. "It would be nice to live in a magic pudding world … but when you're in government you've got to try and make things balance up," government Senate leader Eric Abetz told parliament.
Palmer United Party senators joined Labor, the Greens and other crossbenchers in opposing the government. "If you choose to let the big miners off the hook … (don't expect us to) take the money off the poor," Greens leader Christine Milne said.
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