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LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) 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 by Mr Tanner 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 expresses its concern that the Government:

(1) has cut Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) to local government in real terms since coming to office;

(2) attempted to terminate the 25 year Commonwealth local government funding partnership by trying to transfer responsibility for local government FAGs funding to the states;

(3) promised to exempt local government services from the GST before the 1998 election only to renege on this commitment within months of regaining office;

(4) through the GST, has imposed a regressive and unfair tax on essential services provided by local government to communities in regional Australia; and

(5) has hit councils with major GST compliance costs with inadequate compensation or assistance".


Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Ronaldson), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.