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Thursday, 6 September 1984
Page: 565

Senator JACK EVANS —I ask the Minister representing the Treasurer what the Government's intention is with regard to the Australian Democrats' Bill to prevent tax avoidance through section 23F relating to the cherry-pickers scheme which has been passed by the Senate. Having had the retroactive version of the same Bill rejected by the Senate already, why does the Government not proceed quickly to prevent this reprehensible practice from continuing by passing the Democrats' Bill in the House? Is the Government dinkum about destroying the cherry-pickers tax avoidance scheme or is it simply politicking with the legislation to provide it with a trigger for a double dissolution?

Senator WALSH —I am afraid that there does not seem to be any brief on this and I have not discussed this matter with the Treasurer for some time; so I will have to seek a response from him. I will certainly take on board Senator Evans's suggestion that the Bill may be re-presented and used as a trigger for a double dissolution. I will see what the Prime Minister and Treasurer think of that.