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INCOME TAX RATES BILL 1986
INCOME TAX BILL 1986
TAXATION LAWS (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1986
MEDICARE LEVY BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Messner, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz: At end of motion-

In respect of the Income Tax Rates Bill 1986, add "", but the Senate is of the opinion that-

(a) the Government's taxation policy, in particular its fringe benefits and capital gains taxes, is causing damage and confusion to business and farmers;

(b) the Government's failure to deliver tax cuts on 1 September 1986 as promised in 1985 has caused additional hardship to families; and

(c) this Government is the highest taxing Government in history, with tax receipts estimated to reach 25.5 per cent of GDP''.

And in respect of the Medicare Levy Bill 1986, add "", but the Senate-

(a) condemns the Prime Minister for breaking his promise that for the term of Labor's next Government, the Medicare levy would not be increased;

(b) notes with concern that the Government continues to perpetuate the myth that the levy pays for Medicare health services when in fact it only pays approximately 40 per cent of the cost of Medicare with the balance being funded out of general revenue; and

(c) condemns the Government for its total failure to take action to contain the massive blow-out in Medicare health costs''.

Debate continued.

Senator Maguire addressing the Chair

And it being 10.30 p.m.-