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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Cognate debate: The following Bills were, by leave, considered together with the above-mentioned Bill during the second reading debate:

Privacy Bill 1986

Privacy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1986.

Senator Peter Baume moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""this Bill be withdrawn because-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''.

Debate continued.

On the motion of the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.