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Thursday, 29 May 2003
Page: 15400

Debate resumed from 15 May, on motion by Mr Costello:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr McMullan moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House condemns the government for:

(1)Its obsession with shifting the cost of health and education from the budget to Australian families;

(2)Imposing higher costs of doctors visits on families without concession cards and a 30 per cent hike in essential medicine prices;

(3)Allowing HECS fees to rise by 30%, introducing a loan scheme with a 6% interest rate and doubling the number of places reserved for full fee paying students;

(4)Its cynical attempt to distract the public from these higher costs by offering miserly tax cuts of $4 a week for the average family;

(5)Its failure to address the complexity of superannuation and its determination to offer super cuts only to the wealthiest families;

(6)Its willingness to deliver tax cuts to corporate Australian while imposing a record tax burden on Australian families;

(7)Its failure to protect the superannuation savings of Australian families by protecting them from corporate greed;

(8)Its decision to hire yet more tax officials rather than take steps to ease the BAS compliance burden on small business; and

(9)Its failure to provide leadership on environmental issues and in particular its failure to address water reform”.