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 3 APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 3) 2002-2003

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 McMullan, 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 failures in economic management, and in particular its failings in relation to both income and expenditure policies because:

(1) it is the highest taxing Government in Australian history, and:

 (a) has imposed the highest level ever of income tax;

(b) is responsible for introducing the biggest new tax in our history; and

(c) is addicted to imposing ever more taxes and special levies;

(2) it has failed to deliver on its basic responsibilities to the Australian people, for example:

 (a) bulk billing has collapsed;

(b) there is chronic under-investment in our public schools, TAFE colleges and universities;

(c) the struggle to balance work and family life continues to get harder; and

(d) entry level housing is becoming even less affordable for struggling Australian families; and

(3) despite the record tax take, and in spite of declining Government services, the Government has failed to keep the Budget in surplus after nearly a decade of strong economic growth, in that:

 (a) it broke its unequivocal promise to keep the Budget in surplus in 2001-02;

(b) future surpluses are dependent on the additional revenue provided by bracket creep;

(c) it has presided over enormous waste and mismanagement including billions of dollars of foreign exchange losses and defence procurement losses; and

(d) it has lost control over expenditure necessitating wholesale changes to the budgetary management system"—

Debate resumed.

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