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Government fails in its sneaky bid to evade parliament



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Jf w;T S H A D O W M INISTER FOR-V A U S T R A L I A , , · * ..·//////(,. F IN A N C E A N D T A X A T IO N TH E SENATE 16/85

GOVERNMENT FAILS IN ITS SNEAKY BID TO EVADE PARLIAMENT

The obduracy of Senator Walsh, Minister for Finance, and

his failure to address issues and the legitimate

concerns of Senators, exemplifies the Labor

Government's cavalier approach which is now losing

the Government its bills at the rate of one per

week.

Senator Tony Messner, Shadow Minister for Finance and

Taxation, was speaking after the passage of amendments

to the Loans Bills 1985 proposed by the Opposition

and the Australian Democrats today.

"The Hawke Labor Government's Loans Bill would have

authorised the Government to borrow money in perpetuity

without the scrutiny of Parliament. In the past# such

borrowings have been subject to parliamentary processes

by separate bills presented by the Government each

year.

"The usual purpose for such legislation each year is

to authorise borrowings to cover the Government's

deficit.

"This year the Government tried to sneak through an

amendment to make such a process automatic each year.

It is another example of the Hawke Labor Government's

running away from parliament, just as it seems to be

doing on the tax bills.

"Is it any wonder the Opposition moved to return the .

process to the traditional one?"

CANBERRA 17 OCTOBER 1985

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