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Senator Short, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that the Government proposes "to run on its record' at the

next federal election;

(b) notes that this record includes:

(i) an eight-fold increase in Australia's foreign debt,

(ii) an external account deficit of approximately6 per cent

of gross domestic product,

(iii) record job losses during the Government's self-induced

recession in the early 1990s,

(iv) the creation of an unprecedented number of new

battlers, as middle Australia was decimated by the

Government's economic policies,

(v) unprecedented opportunism in appointments, without

regard for Australia's national interest, and

(vi) an inability to control its own expenditure or to

exercise due diligence over waste;

(c) condemns the Government for this appalling record; and

(d) welcomes the opportunity to expose the Government for this

appalling record between now and the forthcoming federal


Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

General Business concluded.