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Senate will not be bullied: Macdonald.



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Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia Liberal Senator for Queensland

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Senate Will Not Be Bullied: Macdonald

Queensland Liberal Senator, Ian Macdonald, today said that Coalition Senators will not be bullied by the Rudd Labor Government into letting the Senate become a rubber stamp.

“My fellow Coalition Senators and I will not be bullied by the Rudd Labor Government into rubber stamping all of Labor’s tax increases and ill-conceived policies. The Senate is there to review legislation and provide checks and balances on executive government, and that’s what we will be doing,” said Senator Macdonald.

“With a record projected surplus of $21.7 billion in 2008-09 alone, the Rudd Labor Government expects the Senate to rubber stamp measures that will hit voters in the hip pocket in almost every aspect of their lives.

The so-called Luxury Car Tax will hurt many people in regional Queensland for whom Four Wheel Drives are a necessity. The Alcopops tax will add $3.1 billion to the surplus, and the proposed Medicare Levy changes will make private health care less affordable, forcing many Queenslanders into an already poorly funded and dysfunctional State Health System.

Mr Rudd campaigned on a platform of helping Working Families. But apparently you don’t count as a Working Family if you live in the bush and need a Four Wheel Drive, if you want decent health care for your family, or even if you enjoy a Bundy and cola after a hard day at work.

Working families are being slugged at every turn by the Rudd Government, and it is entirely unnecessary. The Rudd Labor Government inherited from the previous Coalition Government the largest surplus ever, unlike the $96 billion of debt that the Keating Labor Government left behind.

Mr Rudd needs to explain why he wants to increase taxes when he already has $21.7 billion of taxpayers’ money in the bank. With grocery and petrol prices increasing, it is grossly unfair to expect working families to further contribute to an already enormous surplus,” said Senator Macdonald.

“Until Mr Rudd provides an explanation, the Senate will continue to do its job in closely scrutinizing additional tax slugs on people in the bush. That’s what we’re here to do.”

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Media Contact: Troy Reeves (07) 4771 3066 1 October 2008