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Tuesday, 18 June 1996
Page: 1680


Senator FAULKNER —My question is addressed to the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Short. Minister, in view of your answer to my earlier question about your proposed sales tax changes and the clear implication that your government has failed to meet its statutory obligations, I ask: will you give an assurance that penalties will not be imposed on car dealers who might unwittingly incur them through your government's incompetence in this matter?


Senator SHORT —For Senator Faulkner to call this side of the chamber incompetent is the height of gall. As I said in response to your earlier question, I will refer the question to the Treasurer. I do not accept the proposition that the government has not met its statutory responsibilities but, as I said before, I shall refer it to the Treasurer.


Senator FAULKNER —Can Senator Short tell the Senate when the government will provide the further details that were foreshadowed in last Friday's press release after the Premiers Conference?


Senator SHORT —As I said, and I say it yet again to Senator Faulkner, at the conclusion of the Premiers Conference last Friday, the Treasurer announced that the details and the legislative requirements, so far as the sales tax changes and other matters emanating from the Premiers Conference were concerned, will be introduced and announced at the earliest possible opportunity.