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2nd Reading - Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 6) Bill 2004

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (8.56 p.m.)—The Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 6) Bill 2004 contains several reminders that this government’s record on taxation reform is one of its notable achievements. It was great that Senator Sherry urged the Senate to put this particular omnibus bill in a wid...

Adjournment - Water Safety

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.37 p.m.)—I have been provoked to speak in the adjournment debate as a result of the outrageous way that the former shadow sports minister Senator Lundy has misled the Senate. But I must confess I am a little hesitant to do so because I am concerned I might incur the wra...

Matters of Public Importance - Economy: Debt Management

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (4.22 p.m.)—What is so telling here is not what Senator Sherry has said but what he has not said. Why is it that every time Labor come in to talk about the economy they do not want to talk about net government debt? They want to talk about foreign debt and the current acco...

Take Note of Answers - Government Debt

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.28 p.m.)—I rise to take note particularly of Senator Hill’s outstanding answers today in relation to the economy and some of Senator Stephens’s comments. Why is it that the Labor Party never like to talk about net government debt? They only ever want to talk about forei...

Take Note of Answers - Ms Cornelia Rau

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.10 p.m.)—This is a tragic case about a human being in unfortunate and very difficult circumstances. No-one seeks to avoid these facts. No-one seeks to portray it as anything other than a very regrettable incident. No-one should—and I hope no-one will—seek to make politi...

2nd Reading - Schools Assistance Bills 2004

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (5.56 p.m.)—I also rise to speak in the second reading debate on the Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004 and the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Legislation Amendment Bill 2004. These bills ...

Governor-General's Speech - Address In Reply

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (10.24 a.m.)—I second the motion and thank the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Government in the Senate for the opportunity to do so. Mr Acting Deputy President Ferguson, I ask you to imagine—because I know you have a good imagination—that you have just been appointed...

Take Note of Answers - Iraq

Senator FIFIELD (3.18 p.m.)—I certainly was not aware that Mr Turnbull was part of the administration of the Commonwealth, having regard to the questions asked of ministers today and the speeches made in the take note of answers debate, and I was not aware that Mr Turnbull was seeking a seat in this...

Adjournment - Ampersand

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (9.50 p.m.)—This evening I would like to highlight the work of a small but enthusiastic group of students in Melbourne. This group of students from Melbourne and Monash universities have joined together to form Ampersand—a non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging unive...

Take Note of Answers - Sport: Drug Testing

Senator FIFIELD (3.27 p.m.)—That was an incredible tirade against the Minister for the Arts and Sport. It was an outrageous tirade about his administration of the sports portfolio. I have two words to say in response to that tirade: Ros Kelly. If we are talking about cover-up, about rorting, about m...

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