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2nd Reading - Auslink (National Land Transport) Bill 2004 & Related Bill

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (6.39 p.m.)—It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to participate in the debate on the AusLink (National Land Transport) Bill 2004 and the AusLink (National Land Transport—Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2004. The AusLink (National Land Trans...

2nd Reading - Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2005

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (1.22 p.m.)—It gives me great pleasure to speak on the Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2005. This bill is all about what coalition governments love to do—to cut tax. On this side of the chamber we believe that the government should be as limited as ...

General Business - Economy

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (5.37 p.m.)—Senator Ludwig has moved today that the Senate note the deterioration in the Australian economy. This is obviously some strange use of the term ‘deterioration’ of which I was not previously aware. To listen to senators opposite, one could be forgiven for thinki...

2nd Reading - New International Tax Arrangements (Managed Funds & Other Measures) Bill 2004

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (10.13 a.m.)—The New International Tax Arrangements (Managed Funds and Other Measures) Bill 2004 is a further step in implementing the government’s package of international tax reforms designed to enhance the competitiveness of Australian managed funds, facilitate investme...

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 ...

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