"Australia's John Howard has captured control of his country's Senate, making him the most powerful prime minister in 24 years. Final counting of votes from the 9 October election showed Mr Howard's coalition won 39 of 76 Senate seats. It means he becomes the first man in decades to control both the upper and lower houses of parliament.
Senator Ron Boswell of the National Party, partner to Mr Howard's Liberals, said he phoned Mr Howard with the words "open sesame" in congratulation, but went on to deny the Senate would now be simply a rubber stamp for government policy."
because, you know, the words after open sesame are always, 'got some id, mate?'
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