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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr K. J. Thomson who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that in relation to taxation policy:

(1) the government has not achieved real tax reform in Australia, it has merely agreed to introduce an unfair GST;

(2) the new Howard/Lees GST will involve a massive tax mix switch which will hurt ordinary families, which is directly contrary to the balloted policy of the Australian Democrats;

(3) that the Howard/Lees deal will actually increase the tax on food in Australia;

(4) that ordinary people will now face a GST on top of state indirect taxes on bank accounts;

(5) the GST will be an administrative nightmare for Australia[quot ]s one and a half million small businesses; and

(6) that the amended tax package is still unfair and will also damage the environment".

Debate adjourned (Mr Slipper—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.