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AUSTRALIA CARD BILL 1986

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on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Peter Baume, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""this Bill be withdrawn because-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

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.

Debate continued.

Senator Boswell addressing the Chair

And it being 2 p.m.-