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Wednesday, 17 February 1999
Page: 3000

Mr BEAZLEY —I will continue to assure the Prime Minister that we will support his unfair dismissal legislation that he was so happy with when he passed it.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the Opposition will come to his question, as he knows. The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. The Leader of the Opposition has the call and will come to his question.

Mr BEAZLEY —My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister. Deputy Prime Minister, I seek clarification of part of the GST legislation and ask why the ACCC price surveillance mechanism proposed does not contain a specific reference giving the ACCC power to monitor price changes as a consequence of the Diesel Fuel Credit Scheme. Do you stand by your promise, given on the 7.30 Report on 9 September 1998, when you said, `As part of the coalition package, we will empower the ACCC to see that fuel savings will flow right across Australia'? How can your promise that all fuel savings will be passed on be believed?

Mr TIM FISCHER —In fact, I am advised the ACCC has full power but, further, I affirm exactly what I said in the course of the election campaign: the Liberal and National parties will deliver $3½ billion of fuel tax reductions to country Australia and all Australians. The ACCC activity is part of what was detailed in the course of the election campaign. I stand by that. I might add that every day the Labor Party delays the passage of the tax package is a further kick in the guts of our exporters, doing it hard enough on a very unlevel playing field, because you are delaying a benefit for our exporters.

Mr Beazley —I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. It goes to relevance. He was asked a question as to why there were no guarantees in the bill such as he anticipated there would be.

Mr SPEAKER —The Deputy Prime Minister has completed his answer to the question.