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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 895

Senator WALSH (Minister for Resources and Energy) —I seek leave to make a very brief explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator WALSH —The basketful of red herrings which Senator Harradine has attempted to draw across this issue ignores the central point of the comment which I made yesterday, which was that Senator Harradine, when the previous Government was in office, voted for retrospective tax legislation or, as he puts it, legislation aimed at creating tax liabilities where no liabilities previously existed. On every occasion that this Government has presented Bills which seek to impose the same sort of obligation-that is, a retrospective obligation to pay tax-Senator Harradine has voted against that legislation. The other point of my criticism yesterday was that when the previous Government was in office Senator Harradine's vote was not critical to the passage of those Bills. Since the Government has been in office Senator Harradine's vote has been critical. I leave to him to explain that inconsistency and contradiction.