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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 1) 2000-2001—BUDGET DEBATE

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 Tanner, 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 condemns the Government for its:

(1) failure to address the significant investment needs in the areas of education, health and the provision of social services in the 2000-2001 Budget;

(2) wasteful and profligate spending on poor quality programs to buy Democrat support for its unfair GST;

(3) misuse of over $360 million of taxpayers' money on its politically partisan GST advertising campaign;

(4) reduction of a potential Budget cash surplus in 2000-2001 of $11 billion, to a real Budget deficit of $2.1 billion;

(5) use of creative accounting techniques in an attempt to deceive the Australian public on the true state of the Budget;

(6) mishandling of the move to accrual accounting by providing complex, confusing and uninformative budget documents;


(7) failure to identify in the Budget papers the cost of GST collection and implementation; and

(8) failure to put in place arrangements that deliver its guarantee that no Australian will be worse off as a result of the GST package".

Debate resumed.

Ms Worth (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs) was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.