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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 973

Senator WALSH (Minister for Resources and Energy) —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator WALSH —It is a matter of public record that Senator Harradine has a faulty memory. For example, when he was asked by the Federal Executive of the Australian Labor Party whether he had ever been a member of the National Civic Council, he said that he could not remember. His memory continues to be faulty. The excuse that he has just given-that is, that there is a qualitative difference between the inclusion of a clause and the subsequent exclusion of the clause-is not the excuse he gave on 14 December last year, which I quoted earlier in the Senate today. The reason he gave at that time was that the exclusion of section 3 (12) of the Taxation (Unpaid Company Tax) Assessment Act would have a retrospective effect on taxpayers 'who have requested that it be applied by the Commissioner of Taxation'. He was told prior to that by an officer of the Australian Taxation Office, I believe it was Mr Conwell, that no such requests had been received. I think the reason was that no relevant assessments had been issued. In fact, I am not sure whether any assessments at all had been issued at that stage. That was the reason he gave at the time. He gives add-ons and qualifications. As one excuse after another is blown out of the water, he keeps coming up with either varied or completely different excuses .