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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1441

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I am sorry to interrupt the honourable member again, but the question of the annual budgeting system is not before the House for discussion. I must ask him to return to the subject matter of the Bills before the chamber, and that is the matter of payroll tax.

Dr GUN - Very well. I bow to your ruling, Sir.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Passing references - but only passing references - to other allied budgetary matters are in order.

Dr GUN - In view of your ruling, Sir, I have not very much more to say. I will summarise my remarks. We do not object to the principle of the Commonwealth making payments to the States, but we believe that there are better ways of making the payments than by levying payroll tax. We should introduce the system of giving State and Commonwealth government programmes equal priorities. We should introduce a system of programme budgeting. Finally, I believe that in order to do this there must be much greater consultation between Commonwealth and State governments and much greater consultation between the Executive Government and the Parliament and between the Parliament and the people. For instance, I think that green papers on proposals for public expenditure should be produced, as is done in the House of Commons, so that everybody could be informed about matters and there could be much more discussion of them before the Government makes its final decision.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! I am sorry, but the honourable member is straying far too wide from the Bill.

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