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Thursday, 6 May 1993
Page: 206


Senator PATTERSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)the post-election announcement by the Treasurer (Mr Dawkins) that the Government was under no obligation to keep its promise to remove all pensioners from the tax system by 1995,

    (ii)in stark contrast, that the Australian Labor Party's official election platform stated that it was working on the details of implementing its commitment to remove all pensioners from the tax system by 1995, and

    (iii)that, despite the subsequent claims by the Treasurer, a senior Cabinet Minister was distributing flyers in his electorate during the last 2 weeks of the campaign pledging that Labor would remove all age and service pensioners from the tax system by 1995; and

  (b)condemns the Government for misleading the Australian public in such an outrageous fashion by campaigning under the false pretence of a promise that it never had any intention of keeping.