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TAXATION LAWS AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 6) 2002

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 Cox 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 condemns the Government for:

(1) imposing the largest tax burden of any Government in Australia's history;

(2) imposing the highest personal income tax burden on Australians;

(3) imposing the highest total income tax burden on Australians;

(4) planning to hit Australians with an extra $17 billion in bracket creep over the forward estimates years; and

(5) relying on bracket creep to keep the budget in surplus".

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

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

Messages from the Administrator

The following messages from His Excellency the Administrator were announced:

No. 91, 21 October 2002, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill; and

No. 92, 21 October 2002, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of amendments to the Bill.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Paper

Mr Slipper (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

On the motion of Mr Slipper, by leave, Government amendments (1) to (4) were made together, after debate.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Slipper, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.