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Wednesday, 7 March 2001
Page: 25351

Debate resumed from 6 March, on motion by Mr Fahey:

That the bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Tanner moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House condemns this Government for its:

(1) failure to address the significant investment needs in the areas of education and health and the provision of social and employment services since coming to Government;

(2) blowout in the cost of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the threat this presents to the sustainability of Australia's subsidised medicines scheme;

(3) belated and inadequate attempts to remedy the chronic underfunding of research and innovation;

(4) mismanagement of the Defence Budget;

(5) refusal to remove the effects of the sale of the rest of Telstra from the Budget aggregates consistent with the resolution of the Senate of 16 March 2000, the findings of the Besley report and the wishes of the leader of the National Party;

(6) mishandling of the move to accrual accounting by providing complex, confusing and uninformative budget documents;

(7) wasteful and profligate spending on poor quality programs to buy Democrat support for its unfair GST;

(8) failure to identify in the Budget papers the full cost of GST collection and implementation;

(9) failure to put in place arrangements that deliver its guarantee that no Australian will be worse off as a result of the GST package; and

(10) bungling of the Business Activity Statement which has sent many small businesses to the wall”.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl)—Before the debate on this bill is resumed, I remind the Main Committee that it has been agreed that a general debate be allowed covering this bill, the Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2000-2001 and the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001.