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Wednesday, 21 April 1999
Page: 4038

Motion (by Senator Margetts and Senator Brown)—as amended by leave—put:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the motion in relation to the Government's Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) proposal that was moved in the Tasmanian House of Assembly, on 14 April 1999, by Ms Peg Putt of the Australian Greens and passed unanimously by all political parties, and

(ii) the proposed motion in relation to the Government's WET proposal to be placed on notice on 20 April 1999 in the Western Australian Legislative Council by Dr Christine Sharp of the Greens (WA) which mirrors the Tasmanian motion;

(b) recognises that small wineries are a vital part of the regional small business sector, providing employment and local cash flow, bringing in tourism dollars and export dollars and contributing to a positive image of Australia both locally and overseas; and

(c) is deeply concerned that the Federal Government's tax reform package containing an ad valorem tax on wine may destroy small wineries and impact adversely on public health.