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Thursday, 30 June 1994
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Senator HARRADINE (11.01 a.m.) —It is obvious that Senator Patterson did not hear what I was talking about. She was not listening; I observed her discussing a matter with another colleague, and that is fine. I was not talking about that aspect at all; I was talking about the question of principle.

Senator Patterson —That's right. I heard you.

Senator HARRADINE —It is not about whether or not the bush is hard up. That is the question of principle. I did talk about the problems people in the bush have, but I also referred specifically to a question of principle. I hope the government bears that in mind in its examination of this matter, otherwise the people will have been deceived by both major parties. When the tax rebate was abolished and family allowances were put in its place, it was made clear to the people by both major parties that this was a tax transfer issue, not a welfare issue. I will not go over that, but I think the government should bear it in mind, otherwise it will be accused of deceiving the people.