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Fed: Senate rejects stimulus package

12 Feb 2009 4:22 PM

CANBERRA, Feb 12 AAP - The Rudd government's $42 billion economic stimulus package has been rejected by parliament.

The Senate voted down the government's legislation, implementing the package, after Independent senator Nick Xenophon voted with the coalition.

The Australian Greens and Family First's Steve Fielding voted with the government, tying the vote at 35-35.

The government says it will seek to have the legislation reconsidered by the Senate on Friday, a move opposed by the coalition.