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Wednesday, 8 August 2001
Page: 29382

Debate resumed from 7 August, on motion by Mr Slipper:

That the bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Kelvin Thomson 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 the Government for:

(1) failing to honour its commitment to provide a revenue neutral business tax package;

(2) imposing a complex and cumbersome tax system on Australian businesses rather than delivering the simpler system it promised; and

(3) increasing the compliance burden for Australian businesses thereby reducing their competitiveness, their profitability and, in some cases, their ability to trade.”