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representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2014-10-09 15:37:56

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Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5) to agree to the bill.
  • This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • _Background to the bill_
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [Joe Hockey](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives) to repeal the [minerals resource rent tax](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax) ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT [here](http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/). ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy [here](http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy).)
  • The bill also repeals the [schoolkids bonus](http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus), the [income support bonus](http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus) and the [low income superannuation contribution](http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/).
  • References
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5) to agree to the bill. This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • _Background to the bill_
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [Joe Hockey](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives) to repeal the [minerals resource rent tax](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax) ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT [here](http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/). ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy [here](http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy).)
  • The bill also repeals the [schoolkids bonus](http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus), the [income support bonus](http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus) and the [low income superannuation contribution](http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/).
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:21:25

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5 motion] to agree to the bill.
  • This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives Joe Hockey] to repeal the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax minerals resource rent tax] ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT [http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/ here]. ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy [http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy here].)
  • The bill also repeals the [http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus schoolkids bonus], the [http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus income support bonus] and the [http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/ low income superannuation contribution].
  • References
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5) to agree to the bill.
  • This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • _Background to the bill_
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [Joe Hockey](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives) to repeal the [minerals resource rent tax](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax) ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT [here](http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/). ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy [here](http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy).)
  • The bill also repeals the [schoolkids bonus](http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus), the [income support bonus](http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus) and the [low income superannuation contribution](http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/).
  • References
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:16:56

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5 motion] to agree to the bill.
  • This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives Joe Hockey] to repeal the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax minerals resource rent tax] ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.[1] The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.[2]
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives Joe Hockey] to repeal the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax minerals resource rent tax] ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT [http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/ here]. ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy [http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy here].)
  • The bill also repeals the [http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus schoolkids bonus], the [http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus income support bonus] and the [http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/ low income superannuation contribution].
  • References
  • * [1] You can read more about the MRRT [http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/ here].
  • * [2] You can read the Coalition's policy [http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy here].
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2014-02-14 10:19:14

Title

Description

  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debate/?id=2013-11-20.138.5 motion] to agree to the bill.
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • This vote ends the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently did without further division.
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • The bill was introduced by Treasurer [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives Joe Hockey] to repeal the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Resource_Rent_Tax minerals resource rent tax] ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.[1] The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.[2]
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • The bill also repeals the [http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/schoolkids-bonus schoolkids bonus], the [http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus income support bonus] and the [http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/ low income superannuation contribution].
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that Coalition MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions [such as the loss carry-back for small business], they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began on 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/schoolkids-bonus">schoolkids bonus</a>, the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus">income support bonus</a> and the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/">low income superannuation contribution</a>.</p>
  • References
  • * [1] You can read more about the MRRT [http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/ here].
  • * [2] You can read the Coalition's policy [http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy here].
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2013-12-13 16:17:17

Title

Description

  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that Coalition MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions [such as the loss carry-back for small business], they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began on 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/schoolkids-bonus">schoolkids bonus</a>, the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus">income support bonus</a> and the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/">low income superannuation contribution</a>.</p>
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2013-12-13 16:16:32

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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that Coalition MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions [such as the loss carry-back for small business], they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began on 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/schoolkids-bonus">schoolkids bonus</a>, the <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/income-support-bonus">income support bonus</a> and the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Contributions/Low-income-super-contribution/">low income superannuation contribution</a>.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2013-12-13 16:13:43

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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that Coalition MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions [such as the loss carry-back for small business], they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that Coalition MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0152;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. He said that fixing the MRRT (as suggested by Wilkie MP) would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
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on 2013-12-13 16:08:43

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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that while “there are arguments for a resource tax”, the MRRT was “completely mismanaged”.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said</a> the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
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on 2013-12-13 16:06:52

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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>.</p>
  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>, which was introduced by Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Hockey&mpc=North_Sydney&house=representatives">Joe Hockey</a> to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a> ('MRRT').</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The bill was introduced by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a>, which the Coalition called the “mining tax”. The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT') began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>.</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and also “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly in respect of the repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly its repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal fo the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition said at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal of the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition had made clear at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The bill was introduced by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a>, which the Coalition called the “mining tax”. The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
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  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>.</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p>Once the bill is passed in the House, it is then sent to the Senate for their consideration.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly in respect of the repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal fo the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition said at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The bill was introduced by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a>, which the Coalition called the “mining tax”. The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2013-12-13 15:57:46

Title

Description

  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>.</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill.</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House could now vote on whether to pass the bill, which they subsequently <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0159;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">did</a> without further division.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly in respect of the repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal fo the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition said at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The bill was introduced by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a>, which the Coalition called the “mining tax”. The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
representatives vote 2013-11-20#2

Edited by mackay

on 2013-12-13 15:51:03

Title

  • Bills — Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013; Consideration in Detail
  • Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Chris Bowen</p>
  • <p>Today, a government which say they care about cost of living have ripped money away from Australian families. Today, a government which say they care about small business have increased tax on small business. Today, as members leave the chamber, a government which say they care about red tape for small business have increased red tape for small business. Where is the member for Kooyong whose job it is to reduce red tape? He just voted to increase red tape for small business. Every member opposite, with all their rhetoric about small business, just voted to increase taxation on Australia's small businesses. All their rhetoric about cost of living, all the crocodile tears about the carbon tax, all the rhetoric in the election about Australian families and they are taking away $400 per primary student and $800 per high school student from Australian families&#8212;$15,000 over the school life of an average family with two children. This government have just voted to repeal support for the Australian families who need it most.</p>
  • <p>We will not be lectured by this government about cost of living. We will not accept their crocodile tears about the pressures on Australian families. We will judge the government by their actions not their words. Their actions are actions which hurt Australian families. Their actions are actions which take money away from Australian families. Here is the member for Kooyong. He is in the chamber. He voted to increase red tape on small business and he is happy about it. 'Member for red tape', explain why now under the Abbott government the Australian small business community will have to fill in paperwork to claim a deduction which they would have gotten automatically under the previous government?</p>
  • <p>The majority <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0157;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">voted</a> to agree to the wording of the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5142">bill</a>.</p>
  • <p>This vote ended the discussion of the bill in detail and the House can now vote on whether to pass the bill.</p>
  • <p><b>Summary of the debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <ul><li>Labor MP and Shadow Treasurer <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Chris_Bowen&mpc=McMahon&house=representatives">Chris Bowen</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0143;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> the bill “ripped money away from Australian families” and “increased tax” and “red tape” on small business.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Steven_Ciobo&mpc=Moncrieff&house=representatives">Steven Ciobo</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0146;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the “legacy” of the Labor party is “decades of debt”. He argued that Australians “want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control”. He <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0156;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “[t]he general community understand why we have to have cuts”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives">Warren Snowdon</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0147;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">criticised</a> the bill, particularly in respect of the repeal of the schoolkids bonus. He said such actions are “designed to hurt the community”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Jamie_Briggs&mpc=Mayo&house=representatives">Jamie Briggs</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0148;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">called</a> the MRRT an “absolutely failed and flawed piece of legislation”. In response to Snowdon MP’s criticism about the repeal fo the schoolkids bonus, he said that the Coalition said at the election “that we would abolish the payment because the money did not exist”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kate_Ellis&mpc=Adelaide&house=representatives">Kate Ellis</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0149;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “the Schoolkids Bonus has absolutely nothing to do with the MRRT”. Instead, its abolition “is just a way for this government to sneak in an education cut in the MRRT legislation”.</li>
  • <li>Liberal MP Dr <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Southcott&mpc=Boothby&house=representatives">Andrew Southcott</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0150;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that “there are arguments for a resource tax” but the MRRT was “completely mismanaged” with a series of “compensation measures” promised but “no money” raised.</li>
  • <li>Independent MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Andrew_Wilkie&mpc=Denison&house=representatives">Andrew Wilkie</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0151;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">asked</a>: “instead of just getting rid of it, why doesn't the government fix it?”
  • <li>Nationals MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=George_Christensen&mpc=Dawson&house=representatives">George Christensen</a>, the Nationals Deputy Whip, <a href="">said the MRRT and its “toxic partner the carbon tax” led to the loss of jobs in the Queensland coal sector. In response to Wilkie MP’s suggestion to fix the MRRT, he said that doing so would close towns that rely on the mining industry.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Amanda_Rishworth&mpc=Kingston&house=representatives">Amanda Rishworth</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0153;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that the government MPs “have failed in this debate to ever mention the fact that these minerals are owned by the Australian people”. She said that the benefits that this bill removes will negatively impact “low-paid workers”, “our most vulnerable” and “many families”.</a>
  • <li>Liberal MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Craig_Kelly&mpc=Hughes&house=representatives">Craig Kelly</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0154;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">said</a> that mining companies already “pay substantial royalties to our state governments” and that these royalties “have more than doubled”. The companies also “pay company tax on the profits that they make” and last year “paid the Australian economy $30 billion worth of wages”. He said that the MRRT “makes our tax regime internationally uncompetitive”.</li>
  • <li>Labor MP <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julie_Owens&mpc=Parramatta&house=representatives">Julie Owens</a> <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0155;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fe674bc2a-82df-4a25-981b-1f2bab3d0b16%2F0000%22">argued</a> that “[i]f the government thinks that they made it clear before the election that they were going to remove these tax concessions, they are wrong”: “The slogan was 'axe the tax', not 'axe the tax concessions'.”</li></ul>
  • <p><b>Background to the bills</b></p>
  • <p>The bill was introduced by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the <a href="http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Minerals-resource-rent-tax/">minerals resource rent tax</a>, which the Coalition called the “mining tax”. The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an <a href="http://liberal.org.au/our-plan/5-pillar-economy">election promise</a> of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.</p>
  • <p>The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Josh Frydenberg</p>
  • <p>Madam Speaker, under the standing orders may I ask a question of the shadow Treasurer?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>Yes, I recognise the member for Kooyong.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Josh Frydenberg</p>
  • <p>My question is to the shadow Treasurer. How many additional regulations was his government responsible for over the last 5&#189; years?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>Is the member prepared to take the question?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Chris Bowen</p>
  • <p>I am delighted to take the question, Madam Speaker. The member pretends! It was a lot less than he pretends, but he is voting to increase regulation.</p>
  • <p class="italic">Mr Frydenberg interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p>You just did! You just voted to increase regulation on Australia's small businesses and you will be held to account for it. You will be held to account for it for the next three years. It is right and proper that democracy acts in the other place. The other place now has the right to vote on this bill, which this government has just enacted in this House.</p>
  • <p>In this House and the other house there are people looking for a voice. There are people on low- and middle-incomes looking for a voice. In fact, one in three Australian workers say, 'Why don't I get a tax concession when I save for the future? Why don't I get, not a large tax concession, not a huge tax concession, but just some help to save for the future?' I invite honourable members to explain why they think it is fair that somebody who happens to earn under $37,000 gets zero tax support for saving for their retirement. Zero! The government thinks it is fair that somebody with more than $2 million in their superannuation account gets an increased tax concession but somebody who earns less than $37,000 gets none.</p>
  • <p>We just do not think that is unfair: we fixed it. We fixed it in office by saying to Australia's low- and middle-income earners, 'You deserve a bit of support. If you're going to save for the future, you deserve a bit of help. You deserve a 15 per cent tax concession so that you can save for the future and you don't have to rely on the age pension, because we think that's fair.' That is what our values tell us is right.</p>
  • <p>Our values tell us that it is right and proper that a shop assistant, a factory worker or somebody who is working away to try and earn $37,000&#8212;whether it be full-time or part-time&#8212;deserves a bit of help; they deserve a bit of support. The Abbott government&#8212;which some people on under $37,000 would have voted for, and they have been betrayed by this government today&#8212;says, 'You're on your own. We don't care if you can save for the future. We're going to take away your tax concession. But we can afford to give one to you if you've got more than $2 million in your superannuation account. That's fine. We can afford&#8212;' <i>(Time expired)</i></p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>The member's time has expired.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Chris Bowen</p>
  • <p>Madam Speaker, there are five seconds left!</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Steven Ciobo</p>
  • <p>Here we hear the same refrain from the Australian Labor Party: do not get between the shadow Treasurer and the opportunity to extend the credit card, because if Labor has an opportunity to be out there claiming to be a friend of the Australian family, even if it involves borrowed money, then we know they will take it every single time.</p>
  • <p>The shadow Treasurer stands up and says, 'We won't be lectured to about the cost pressures on Australian families'. But it is the Australian Labor Party that has left a legacy of over $400 billion of debt. It is the Australian Labor Party that in this very debate is arguing to set increased expenditure of some $13 billion.</p>
  • <p>We already know that the shadow Treasurer stood up and said, 'Oh look, there were, I concede, a couple of problems with respect to the design and implementation of the mining tax'. But let's look at what these so-called problems that the shadow Treasurer identifies actually are. A projection of $49&#189; billion worth of revenue, subsequently revised down to being a projection of around $24 billion worth of revenue, with expenditure of some $16 billion tied to it, and what is the actual outcome? The actual outcome of Labor's trumpeted mining tax is, in net terms, $400 million. And yet the Labor Party comes in and the shadow Treasurer says, 'Oh, we won't be lectured to about standing by Australian families,' as if in some way they should wear a badge of pride that they are sticking up for the next generation of Australians.</p>
  • <p>Let's be clear, Labor Party, about what the Labor Party is intending to do. The Labor Party's approach in this debate, consistent with their approach in government, is to keep borrowing and borrowing and borrowing and borrowing! The Australian Labor Party is perfectly happy to keep borrowing more money. And guess what, Madam Speaker? They will keep dishing it out. It is like the show, <i>Treasure Island</i>. The shadow Treasurer is like the P Diddy of his side. You can see him with one dollar notes, just throwing them up into the air if he wanted to, because he is a man of largess, a man who cares. But the reality is that that is not the right thing to do by Aussie kids. It is not the right thing to say to Aussie kids, 'Here, we'll give a cash splash to parents to make ourselves more popular', but the actual consequence of that is that they are going to be paying off that debt for decades. That is Labor's legacy: decades of debt. And that is the only consequence that will arise.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Opposition Members</p>
  • <p>Opposition members interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Steven Ciobo</p>
  • <p>The other extraordinary thing, as I stand here at the dispatch box, is that opposition members are interjecting, but they want to put up the debt ceiling. Well, der, Labor members; because you are the people who in this current situation are now arguing against a $13 billion reduction in expenditure. We are trying to reduce expenditure by $13 billion. The Labor Party is opposing a reduction in expenditure.</p>
  • <p>The Labor Party is opposing a reduction in expenditure and they are saying, 'But hang on&#8212;why do you want to increase the debt ceiling?' Well, it is because lunatics like the Australian Labor Party want to keep taxing and spending and taxing and spending, and borrowing and spending and borrowing and spending. That is the reason, and it is the exact reason why, as a government, we are determined to make sure that the Labor Party&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Chris Bowen</p>
  • <p>Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I just wish to clarify whether you regard the term that was just used as parliamentary, for the record?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>I think the term 'lunatic' is probably not parliamentary, so perhaps the member could withdraw.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Steven Ciobo</p>
  • <p>I withdraw, to assist the House, Madam Speaker.</p>
  • <p>So, they are a precious lot over there, aren't they? But the reality is that with respect to Labor's approach, it is crystal clear. It is crystal clear that Labor's approach is not to recognise at all the message that was delivered to them from the Australian people, that the Australian people can walk straight through their attempts to buy their way back into office. The Australian people have had enough of Labor's approach, which saw them borrow money, and spend money and increase taxes to spend more money. The Australian public does not want to know about the old approach of the Australian Labor Party. They want a government that is focused on reducing debt, on reducing the deficit and on reducing expenditure in order to get that mountain of debt under control.</p>
  • <p>So I say to the Australian Labor Party: if you are genuinely serious about reducing Australia's debt, do not vote against this bill.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Warren Snowdon</p>
  • <p>This afternoon we heard something which I think was an illustration of where this government is coming from. This afternoon in question time the Prime Minister, in response to a question about these matters, said, 'It's not all beer and skittles.' Dead right it's not all beer and skittles! It is not all beer and skittles for small businesses in this country. It is not all beer and skittles for families in this country.</p>
  • <p>Let's make it very clear. At this last election we went to the polls and in my electorate I canvassed the community on the issue of the schoolkids bonus. In fact I can tell you, certainly without debate from my perspective, that the reason I am here is because I campaigned on that very issue in bush communities. Remember, 40 per cent of my constituents are Aboriginal people living in remote communities&#8212;the poorest Australians. The average age in the Northern Territory is 30 years. It is the youngest constituency in this country. Aboriginal people have large families. These kids are the most disadvantaged in the nation and they live in communities with the highest cost of living in the nation. They have benefited from the schoolkids bonus more than almost any other Australians would have.</p>
  • <p>Yet now we have got to tell them that it's not all beer and skittles, that you've just got to cop it, because the Prime Minister went to the last election saying to the Australian people: 'We're going to give you one up the ribs. You'll feel it all right, because we're going to take away the schoolkids bonus. We're going to affect your lives in a way no other government has done and we're going to do it to make sure you feel it.' And today we had confirmation that that is what it was meant to do. It was designed to hurt the community. And he stands up here, proud as punch, and says, 'Well, we had to tell the community it's not all beer and skittles.'</p>
  • <p>Dead right it's not all beer and skittles&#8212;a disgusting episode by a Prime Minister who should have more faith in the Australian community. Not only the Prime Minister; but all of those people on the other side who go into their communities and no doubt tell all the families, the low-income earners, what this is going to do to them. How many of them actually went to the election telling people that they were going to abolish the schoolkids bonus? How many of them? How many of them went to the last election saying they were going to abolish the income support bonus? How many said they were going to abolish the low-income superannuation contribution? Not one of them. That is the truth of it&#8212;not one of them. Did they go out knocking on doors saying, 'Oh, by the way, how many kids have you got?'</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jamie Briggs</p>
  • <p>Did you tell them you were going to put a carbon tax in place?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Warren Snowdon</p>
  • <p>I support the carbon tax. Let's be very, very clear. When you have knocked on the doors of those people you were doorknocking and you saw them walk out the front door with three or four kids, did you tell them, 'Oh, by the way, the money you're getting for those kids'&#8212;$400 here, $600 here, added up to $1,200 per family across the country as the average&#8212;'will go'?You know very well, you proud wearers of that great mantle of the Liberal Party, that you went to the Australian community knowing that you were not going to tell them any detail.</p>
  • <p class="italic">Mrs Griggs interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p>You tell me, Member for Solomon, which of your community members did you tell you were going to take money off them? Not one. You are shameful.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>The member for Lingiari will refer to people by their title.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Warren Snowdon</p>
  • <p>You're shameful, you're shameful, you're shameful, and you know you're shameful.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>The member for Lingiari will resume his seat, because when you get the call again I will require you to address members by their proper title. I give the call back to the member for Lingiari.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Warren Snowdon</p>
  • <p>I am so pleased, thank you. But let's be clear: in my community this will have a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of people. Thousands of families are going to suffer as a direct result of this&#8212;and those opposite simply do not care. I know that every Australian, particularly those who are low-income earners, are ruing the day, if they did vote for the Liberal Party, that they voted for them. They now know that they are going to be deliberately hurt by this government. The Prime Minister admitted it today when he said, 'Look, they just have to accept life's not all beer and skittles.'</p>
  • <p class='motion-notice motion-notice-truncated'>Long debate text truncated.</p>