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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Page: 8886


Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (09:39): Seasons greetings to you, Mr Deputy President, and to all here in the Senate. With the parliamentary year wrapping up somewhat early, on 3 December, and with Christmas fast approaching, it is time to pause and look back on 2015.

What a year it has been. The government has been hitting home runs on tax reform all year. There have been five—count them: five—tax and superannuation laws amendment bills. I have loved every one of them—well, a kind of love. So in the spirit of Christmas, let me recite a little ditty about the five tax bills of Christmas. Given my warm feeling for all of the senators in this chamber, I was tempted not to sing it. It is true that I am not an undiscovered Pavarotti. But given its nature, I really I have no choice. So here it is:

In the first bill of Christmas my Treasurer sent to me

A tax on the elderly

In the second bill of Christmas my Treasurer sent to me

Slower deductions and a tax on the elderly

In the third bill of Christmas my Treasurer sent to me

Seafarer's tax, slower deductions and a tax on the elderly

In the fourth bill of Christmas my Treasurer sent to me

More CGT, seafarers' tax, slower deductions and a tax on the elderly

In the fifth bill of Christmas my Treasurer sent to me

More FBT, more CGT, seafarers' tax, slower deductions and a tax on the elderly

Merry Christmas, everyone.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Leyonhjelm. You are not the first person to sing in the chamber, but I think that was very eloquent. I do remember the Rock Lobster dance, though. I do not think you have surpassed that.

Senator Fifield: It was The Time Warp!

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The Time Warp, not Rock Lobster, yes!

Senator Fifield: Perhaps we should have called a point of order—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: We have started Christmas early! I think I should call the minister now, to put some stability back into the chamber.

Senator Fifield: I think Senator Leyonhjelm has guaranteed himself a run in the electronic media. I really was going to just make that as a point of order, but I am not actually closing the debate.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Thank you.