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Senate may hold budget savings all-nighter

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016 Belinda Merhab

The Senate may sit all through the night if the Greens decide to take revenge for Labor's filibuster shenanigans over electoral reforms.

The government with the support of Labor is forcing the Senate to sit indefinitely on Thursday until its so-called omnibus bill with $6.3 billion in budget savings is passed.

The Greens are furious they've been denied a longer Senate inquiry into the bill's measures.

"Now here we are, after this government has spent the first two days of the parliament filibustering, talking about God knows what, and we're being asked to stay here to ram this bill through the parliament tonight," Greens leader Richard Di Natale told parliament.

The Senate's marathon debate on changes to the way Australians elect senators in March was one of the longest in history, with Labor senators filibustering through the night, angered by the coalition's deal with the Greens on the changes.

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