Senate debates

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Bills

Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015; In Committee

4:58 pm

Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

I want to come back to the government for a moment—I will come back to the Greens shortly. The Scrutiny of Bills Committee, in Alert Digest No. 7 of 2015, made these requests:

The committee … seeks a detailed justification from the Minister which addresses the fairness of these provisions in light of the above—

I will stop there for a moment. I am too outraged by the Greens, actually. I cannot deal with that question. I have to leave you alone, Senator Cormann. It is just too hard for me. I will come back to you shortly. Let me deal with the Greens first because it is a complete sell out. I just worked myself up. I was going to ask the government some very detailed questions about this bill, but I will come back to that shortly. What is so outrageous about this is the Greens get on their feet and take the high moral ground on every point they can. They could not be more holier-than-thou in their utterances and—

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