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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 909

Mr WILLIS (Gellibrand) - The Opposition has taken the Income Tax Assessment Amendment Bill (No. 4) into the Committee stage because it is incensed at the way in which it has been handled. It is our intention to go through at the Committee stage the Bills which were debated cognately at the second reading stage because the Government is simply railroading the legislation through the Parliament. The Government is quite obviously absolutely scared to discuss taxation. It is quite unprepared to discuss taxation because it is supersensitive about the fact that it has presided over a large increase in taxation in this country. The Government is dead scared to have the matter discussed. It is quite happy perhaps to have some discussion on technicalities but the last thing it wants is a discussion on what has happened during its period in office in regard to the total incidence of taxation and its impact on taxpayers individually. The Opposition does not oppose this clause.

Motion (by Mr Bourchier) put:

That progress be reported.

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