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Costello only has himself to blame for stalled GST.

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Senator John Faulkner

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services

Shadow Minister for Olympic Coordination and the Centenary of Federation




Mr Costello has only himself to blame for the delay in the Senate’s consideration of the GST, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate John Faulkner said today.


This is the same Treasurer who said on John Laws yesterday: “ We ‘ye been trying to get the Senate to vote on it and I’m frustrated. “And: “Now the Senate has a whole week this week, its got a whole week next week. You know I think we should be trying to aim to get this debate on and the vote as quickly as possible. I don ‘t even know why we had to wait until now to have this debate .”


Senator Faulkner said that today’s GST legislation debate has been fraught with errors.


·  Assistant Treasurer, Senator Kemp, tabled 128 Government amendments only this morning on the very day the Senate was scheduled to debate them.


·  Senator Alston and Senator Campbell mishandled the voting procedures during the votes on the second reading amendments to the point that the voting process was aborted before lunch because two Liberal Senators missed a key division.


Senator Faulkner said that the Labor Opposition had attempted at all times to expedite the passage of the GST legislation through the Senate.


“If Mr Costello wants this complex legislation to have any chance of getting through by June 30, he an d his Liberal team in the Senate should get their act together,” Senator Faulkner said.


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APRIL 21 1999