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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2630


Mr STEELE HALL(8.41) —I do not intend to speak at any length about the matter of public funding. It has been dealt with in the second reading debate and now through several amendments which have affected this matter in principle. I reiterate that the coalition sees this as a major reversal of standards in the matter of conducting elections in Australia. It does not like the conjunction of political parties being recognised financially by the Federal Government through this legislation. It does not like the fact that parties obtain advantages by coming into this system. It is an offer which they cannot refuse. I say to the Special Minister of State (Mr Beazley) that when the Government returns to the Opposition benches he can expect this legislation to be rescinded. In the meantime the coalition expresses its view in the best way that it can, and that is by dividing on this clause.