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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 317


Senator Sheil —Mr President, in view of the fact that the last petition was from over 32,000 petitioners, I seek leave of the Senate to have the petition read.

Leave not granted.

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled; the humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we deplore the discriminatory tax proposals as outlined in the Government's `White Paper' and the Government's preferred option on proposed new and widened tax proposals as so outlined, namely:

Capital Gains Tax

Hidden Death Tax described as `Capital Gains Tax after death'

Gift Tax

Increased Company Tax

Employer taxes on employees' employment benefits

All such taxes will discriminate against and inhibit progress, growth and employment throughout the nation.

They will attack hardworking people who have built up their assets; they will discourage thrift; they will inhibit development; they will treat unfairly all who plan for the future; they will cause trouble and expense in arriving at the value of their assets; they will discourage industry and punish achievement.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should reject these tax proposals.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

by Senator Sheil (from 32,165 citizens).