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Monday, 16 March 2009
Page: 1525

Senator CORMANN (12:58 PM) —I move the second reading amendment standing in my name:

At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate calls on the Government to appropriate all revenue collected as a result of the increased tax on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages between 27 April 2008 and the date of commencement of these bills towards genuine measures to address binge drinking, including an alcohol abuse prevention, research, education, treatment and other measures package”.

I seek leave to make a brief explanatory statement. I ran out of time before.

Leave granted.

Senator CORMANN —Essentially, this amendment relates to the opposition’s intention to see all revenue collected by the federal government since 27 April 2008 as a result of the increased tax on RTDs invested in an alcohol abuse prevention, research, education and treatment package.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Forshaw)—Senator Cormann—

Senator CORMANN —I sought leave to make a brief statement.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESI--DENT —Yes, okay. I am just making sure that you are not seeking to have a second bite at debating the issue.

Senator CORMANN —I make the point that this is consistent with the recommendations of coalition senators and is in the context of the Minister for Health and Ageing’s second reading speech where she raised the concern that, if this measure were defeated, the revenue collected so far would have to be returned to the alcopops industry. Of course, this is not the intention of the opposition, which is why I have moved on behalf of the opposition the amendment standing in my name.