Senate debates

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy) Bill 2013; Second Reading

1:07 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Shadow Assistant Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

The coalition supports this bill. This bill increases the Medicare thresholds for individuals and families in line with increases in the consumer price index. The provisions maintain the thresholds for low-income earners. To not provide this indexation would in effect be a tax increase for low-income earners and pensioners. Similar bills have been introduced by the previous coalition government and the current government in every year since 1996-97 and we have always supported these changes in the past.

1:08 pm

Photo of David FeeneyDavid Feeney (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank Senator Cormann for his contribution to the debate and I commend the bill to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.