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 21 APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 1) 2003-2004—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 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:

(1) its obsession with shifting the cost of health and education from the budget to Australian families;

(2) imposing higher costs of doctors' visits on families without concession cards and a 30 per cent hike in essential medicine prices;

(3) allowing HECS fees to rise by 30%, introducing a loan scheme with a 6% interest rate and doubling the number of places reserved for full fee paying students;

(4) its cynical attempt to distract the public from these higher costs by offering miserly tax cuts of $4 a week for the average family;

(5) its failure to address the complexity of superannuation and its determination to offer super cuts only to the wealthiest families;

(6) its willingness to deliver tax cuts to corporate Australia while imposing a record tax burden on Australian families;

(7) its failure to protect the superannuation savings of Australian families by protecting them from corporate greed;

(8) its decision to hire yet more tax officials rather than take steps to ease the BAS compliance burden on small business; and

(9) its failure to provide leadership on environmental issues and in particular its failure to address water reform"—

Debate resumed.

Ms Hall addressing the House—