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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12860


Mr SLIPPER (6:09 PM) —I have listened with interest to the contributions made by honourable members opposite. I do, however, want to point out that this is not an important amendment as the government believes that the existing part IVA already covers the types of schemes about which concern has been expressed. However, having said that, the amendment does indeed remove any possible doubt and it does strengthen to that extent the proceedings, but the government is of the view that those schemes are already covered by the existing part IVA. The realities of politics are that, to get the business tax reform through the Senate, it was necessary to have discussions with the opposition. As a result, we are supporting this amendment in this chamber.

Question resolved in the affirmative.