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A NEW TAX SYSTEM (TRADE PRACTICES AMENDMENT) BILL 2000

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.

Mr Crean (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) 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, this House condemns the Howard Government for:

(1) introducing the GST, an unfair, job destroying tax that is bad for families and bad for the economy;

(2) botching the implementation of the GST;

(3) failing to adequately resource the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;


(4) acting hypocritically in imposing huge penalties for GST-related misleading and deceptive conduct while refusing to allow consumers to detect that conduct by putting the GST on receipts;

(5) imposing an onerous compliance regime on small business; and

(6) misleading the Australian people over the inflationary impact of the GST".

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Mr Crean, by leave, moved Opposition amendments (3) and (6) together.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Adams, in the Chair)—

AYES, 61

Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr AndrenMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford*
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MorrisMr Snowdon
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr O'KeefeMr Wilkie
Dr EmersonMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Wilton
Mr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Quick
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMr Ripoll
Mr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMs Roxon

NOES, 73

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LloydMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FaheyMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr AnthonyMr FischerMr McGauranDr Stone
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mrs MayMrs Sullivan
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr MooreMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMrs MoylanMr A. P. Thomson
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr NairnMr Truss
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr NehlMr Tuckey
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr BroughMr HockeyMr NugentMr Wakelin
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CameronMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr ReithDr Wooldridge
Mr CharlesJackie KellyMr RonaldsonMs Worth
Mr CostelloMr LawlerMr St Clair
Mr DownerMr LiebermanMr Schultz
Mrs DraperMr LindsayMr Scott

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Howard Mr Beazley

Dr Kemp Dr Theophanous

Mr Hawker Mr O'Connor

And so it was negatived.

Mr Crean, by leave, moved Opposition amendments (1), (2), (4) and (5) together.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Adams, in the Chair)—

AYES, 60

Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMs LivermoreMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMr GibbonsMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr BevisMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sawford*
Mr ByrneMs HallMr McMullanMr Sciacca
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MartinMr Sercombe*
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MorrisMr Smith
Mr DanbyMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Ms EllisMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Dr EmersonMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMr O'KeefeMr K. J. Thomson
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr PriceMr Wilton
Mr FitzgibbonMr LeeMr QuickMr Zahra

NOES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LloydMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FaheyMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMr FischerMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BairdMrs GallusMrs MayMrs Sullivan
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr MooreMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMrs GashMrs MoylanMr A. P. Thomson
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NehlMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMr HockeyMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr NugentMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr JullMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CausleyMr KatterMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CharlesMrs D. M. KellyMr ReithDr Wooldridge
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr RonaldsonMs Worth
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr St Clair
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr Schultz

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Howard Mr Beazley

Dr Kemp Dr Theophanous

Mr Hawker Mr O'Connor

And so it was negatived.

Mr Fitzgibbon moved an amendment.


Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 60

Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMr McClellandMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMs Roxon
Mr BevisMs GillardMs MacklinMr Rudd
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sawford*
Mr ByrneMs HallMr McMullanMr Sciacca
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MartinMr Sercombe*
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mrs CrosioMr HollisMr MorrisMr Smith
Mr EdwardsMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Ms EllisMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Dr EmersonMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr O'KeefeMr K. J. Thomson
Mr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMr PriceMr Wilton
Mr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr QuickMr Zahra

NOES, 76

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LiebermanMr St Clair
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LindsayMr Schultz
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FaheyMr LloydMr Scott
Mr AnthonyMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Secker
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr MooreMrs Sullivan
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr C. P. Thompson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NairnMr A. P. Thomson
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr Truss
Mr BroughMr HockeyDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMr HowardMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMrs HullMr NugentMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMr JullMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr KatterMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CostelloMrs D. M. KellyMr ReithMr Williams
Mr DownerJackie KellyMr RonaldsonDr Wooldridge
Mrs DraperMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth

* Tellers

Pairs

Dr Kemp Dr Theophanous

Mr Hawker Mr O'Connor

And so it was negatived.


It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.