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Wednesday, 10 December 1986
Page: 3659

Debate resumed from 9 December, on motion by Senator Walsh:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Upon which Senator Peter Baume had moved by way of amendment:

Leave out all words after `That', insert `this Bill be withdrawn because:

(a) it does not address serious administrative failings and operational deficiencies in the Australian Taxation Office which remain a main cause of failure to collect revenue due to Government;

(b) the Card would not solve the problems of tax and welfare fraud, both of which generally involve people whose identity is not in question;

(c) the costs have been grossly understated and the benefits grossly exaggerated; and

(d) it will constitute an unprecedented and unjustifiable intrusion into the individual privacy of all Australians and will greatly damage our civil liberties'.