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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1519

Senator JACK EVANS —Mr President, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator JACK EVANS —In an article in this morning's edition of the Canberra Times, and I believe in other newspapers around Australia, reference is made to the foreshadowed passage of the renowned cherry pickers Bill of the Government, the Bill being the one that was introduced by me in this place. The article contains the following statement:

Government sources said a deal had been worked out at a meeting between Mr Keating and Senator Evans last week, under which the Government would support the Bill in return for Democrat support for tougher tax-avoidance penalties included in the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill.

I wish to make it quite clear that no such deal was made and that the reference to the mythical Government source is totally erroneous. In fact, I satisfied myself and the Australian Democrats were satisfied that the penalties provisions would not be onerous on pay as you earn taxpayers and as a result of that we supported that legislation. The Government has made its move, I understand, to ensure that tax avoiders in the cherry pickers scheme do not continue to evade their responsibilities.