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TAX LAWS AMENDMENT (POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND GIFTS) BILL 2008

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Evans

Farrell (Teller)

Faulkner

Feeney

Fielding

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Senator Ludlam moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Schedule 1, item 8, page 7 (lines 9 and 10), omit the item, substitute:

 8 Section 12-5 (table item headed "political parties")

  Repeal the item, substitute:

 political contributions and gifts

 

  deductions by companies for  

 26-22

  deductions by individuals for 

 Division 30

Schedule 1, item 9, page 7 (line 13), at the end of the heading to section 26-22, add "by companies".

Schedule 1, item 9, page 7 (line 14), omit "You", substitute "Companies".

Schedule 1, item 9, page 7 (line 15), omit "You", substitute "A company".


Schedule 1, item 10, page 8 (lines 26 to 28), omit the item, substitute:

 10 Subsection 30-5(1)

  Before "making", insert "an individual".

 Schedule 1, item 12, page 8 (lines 31 and 32), omit the item, substitute:

 12 Subsection 30-5(1) (note 2)

  After "gifts", insert "by individuals".

 Schedule 1, item 14, page 9 (lines 3 and 4), omit the item, substitute:

 14 Subsection 30-15(2) (note 2)

  After "gifts", insert "by individuals".

 Schedule 1, item 15, page 9 (lines 5 and 6), omit the item, substitute:

 15 Subdivision 30-DA (heading)

  After "Donations", insert "by individuals".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15A Section 30-241

  Omit "you" (twice occurring), substitute "an individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15B Section 30-242 (heading)

  After "Deduction", insert "by an individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15C Subsection 30-242(1)

  Omit "You", substitute "An individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15D Subsection 30-242(2)

  Omit "you", substitute "an individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15E Subsection 30-242(4)

  Omit "You", substitute "An individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15F Section 30-243 (heading)

  After "deduction", insert "by an individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15G Subsections 30-243(1) and (2)

  After "deduction" (wherever occurring), insert "by an individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15H Paragraphs 30-243(2)(a) and (b)

  Omit "you" (wherever occurring), substitute "the individual".

 Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 15, insert:

 15I Subsections 30-243(3) and (4)

  Omit "You" (wherever occurring), substitute "An individual".

Debate ensued.


Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,38


Senators—
BarnettCormannJoyceRonaldson
BernardiEgglestonKrogerRyan
BirminghamFergusonLudlamScullion
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldSiewert
BoyceFifieldMasonTroeth
BrandisFisherMcGauranTrood
BushbyHanson-YoungMilneWilliams (Teller)
CashHeffernanNashXenophon
ColbeckHumphriesParry
CoonanJohnstonPayne

NOES, 28


Senators—
ArbibCrossinHoggO'Brien
BilykFarrell (Teller)HurleyPratt
BishopFaulknerHutchinsSherry
Brown, CarolFeeneyLundyStephens
CameronFieldingMarshallSterle
CollinsForshawMcLucasWong
ConroyFurnerMooreWortley

Question agreed to.

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Ludlam, in respect of Schedule 1, items 7, 11, 13, 16, 19 and 20.

Question—That Schedule 1, items 7, 11, 13, 16, 19 and 20 stand as printed—put and negatived.

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) moved the following amendment:

 Page 9 (after line 25), at the end of the bill, add:

  

Schedule 2—Amendment of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

 1 After section 294

  Insert:

 

294A Limit on election funding

   In section 294, the entitlement to election funding is limited to a maximum of $10,000,000.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees reported accordingly.


On the motion of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time. Senator Fielding recorded his vote for the noes in respect of the question for the third reading.