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TAXATION LAWS AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 11) 1999

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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr K. J. Thomson, viz.—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 expresses its concern with:

(1) the delay in the Government bringing this legislation before the Parliament;

(2) problems which have come to light recently in relation to the administration of the Australian Taxation Office;


(3) the Government's misleading claims for its taxation proposals;

(4) the problems that exist in the implementation of the various new taxation arrangements;

(5) the reluctance of the Government to effectively tackle tax avoidance in Australia;

(6) the Australian Taxation Office's role in the implementation of the new taxation arrangements; and

(7) the underlying unfairness and complexity of the new taxation arrangements"—

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

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

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr Slipper (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration), the Bill was read a third time.