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Thursday, 27 June 1996
Page: 2375

Senator PARER (Minister for Resources and Energy)(1.32 p.m.) —I would like to thank the opposition for reviewing this matter. It is important that it actually comes in on 1 July. I believe the amendments that we have foreshadowed making in the committee stage will address the concerns in regard to goods for personal consumption.

Let me make a quick comment on what Senator Spindler said. I have never seen a more inconsistent, hypocritical approach to anything in my life than what came out of Senator Spindler's mouth. On the one hand, he is complaining about a three per cent tariffon business inputs and, on the other hand, in his speech in the second reading stage, he had no hesitation in saying, `If you want to earn revenue, increase tariffs.' That is what he was saying. Now he is complaining about a tariff—

Senator Spindler —On imports.

Senator PARER —Of course we are talking about imports. What do you think tariff concession orders are all about, Senator Spindler? But, anyway, I just thought I would make that comment because it just shows what crazies we can get in this place. I will not prolong the debate, because it is important and we are running out of time. I simply say that, while I disagree with item 1 of Senator Cook's opinion, we will not divide on it simply in the interests of time.

Amendment (by Senator Spindler) negatived.

Amendment (by Senator Cook) negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.