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Monday, 28 June 1999
Page: 6620


Senator MARGETTS (4:56 PM) —by leave—I move:

At the end of the motion, add:

"but the Senate, with reference to the three bills imposing the goods and services tax:

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has refused to table any legal advice relating to the constitutional validity of the bills; and

(ii) an article by taxation experts, Dr Terry Dwyer and David Cominos, published in the Weekly Tax Bulletin (No 25, 1999) casts serious doubt over the constitutional validity of the bills;

(b) expresses grave concern about the constitutional validity of the bills;

(c) requests the Government to table any legal advice it has received on the constitutionality of the bills;

(d) calls on the Government to withdraw the bills for redrafting to ensure constitutional validity; and

(e) resolves that a message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting the House of this resolution".

This motion seeks to refer the constitutionality of the bills back to the government to make sure they get it right.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Margetts's ) be agreed to.