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 2 APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 1) 2003-2004

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.

Mr K. J. Thomson was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.

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