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Monday, 27 June 1994
Page: 2048


Senator BURNS (6.26 p.m.) —I would like to make clear that the position of the Labor government has always been one of concern for people in difficulties and, through the system of taxation, the government has been prepared to implement schemes to help those who are disadvantaged—and RAS is one of those schemes. However, I think there are two things that need to be said.

  Firstly, already the inquiry has gone probably half way through its duration because we have talked to people in three states. To introduce a new element at this time would not be practicable. It would not be fair. It would not be sensible.   Secondly, the terms of reference introduced by Senator Boswell are such that they have given quite adequate scope for people to raise this issue had they wanted to. Recently we talked to farming organisations in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. We believe that the extra term of reference is unnecessary because the interests of those people whom the Democrats seek to serve are already catered for.