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Monday, 23 June 2003
Page: 17253

Debate resumed from 19 June, on motion by Mr Slipper:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Cox 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:

(1) condemns the Howard Government for its lack of fiscal control, having increased both outlays and tax substantially;

(2) notes that the Government has also allowed the budget position to materially deteriorate by failing to deliver its own stated objective of a revenue neutral outcome on the Review of Business Taxation and its failure to confront major threats to the revenue through a growing tax avoidance industry including through the use of offshore tax havens; and

(3) notes that, as a result of these failures, the Government lacks the capacity to enhance the international competitiveness of Australia's taxation system, return the full value of bracket creep either through tax cuts or services, provide the health and education services needed by low and middle income Australians, and support the provision of retirement incomes for all Australians.”