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Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 2) Bill 2012, Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2012
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Collins, Sen Jacinta
DEPUTY PRESIDENT, The
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Williams, Sen John
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- Start of Business
- PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE HOLDERS
- Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012
- Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2012
- Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 2) Bill 2012, Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2012
- Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2012
- MINISTERIAL ARRANGEMENTS
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
(Ronaldson, Sen Michael, Carr, Sen Bob)
Vocational Education and Training
(Marshall, Sen Gavin, Evans, Sen Christopher)
(Birmingham, Sen Simon, Wong, Sen Penny)
(Milne, Sen Christine, Lundy, Sen Kate)
(Williams, Sen John, Wong, Sen Penny)
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
(Moore, Sen Claire, Ludwig, Sen Joe)
(Nash, Sen Fiona, Wong, Sen Penny)
(Madigan, Sen John, Wong, Sen Penny)
- Carbon Pricing
- QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL ANSWERS
- QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS
- PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS
- MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
- FIRST SPEECH
- AUDITOR-GENERAL'S REPORTS
- Legislative Instruments Amendment (Sunsetting Measures) Bill 2012
- Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012, Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Bill (No. 1) 2012, Tax Laws Amendment (Investment Manager Regime) Bill 2012
- National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
- QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Senator WILLIAMS (New South Wales—Nationals Whip in the Senate) (12:38): I would like to have spoken for some time but cannot because debate in this place is restricted, thanks to the government and the Greens. Once again we are on about tax—taxing the private sector, undermining the confidence of overseas investors by demonstrating that there is sovereign risk attached to this country and changing the rules. We are moving the goalposts halfway through the game.
When will this government learn that it is the private sector that drives our nation's wealth? That is where the money comes from; governments do not have money. The government is doing its best to cripple the very sector that drives our nation's wealth. I am proudly wearing a badge that says, 'I love small business.' Here is another tax that has been brought into this place simply because of the mess those opposite have made. Schedule 4 has been thrown out—thank goodness!—but those opposite want to make it retrospective. It is unbelievable to see how much of a mess they can make. They were warned by business. The business world warned the government in 2010 that this would blow up in their face, and it has. Once again the business world was right. Of course we do not expect the government to understand business—most of them come from the trade union movement; most of them have never run a business.
Senator Jacinta Collins: I don't know anyone who thinks you represent business.
Senator WILLIAMS: I have spent all my life in the private sector, in the small-business sector, Senator Collins—all my working life. You should get out there and learn about it. But, no, you are in here robbing the private sector again. You are anti small business. It will start again this Sunday with the introduction of the carbon tax, your broken promise. The Australian people will not forget that broken promise—they are not fools. They will put it in a saved file and, come the next election, they will square up to you for what you have done to the business sector in this country.
The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Order! The time allotted for consideration of these bills has now expired. The question is that the bills be now read a second time.