Xenophon laments missed chance as Senate rejects car tax
Posted 11 hours 48 minutes ago
Updated 9 hours 49 minutes ago
The Federal Government's luxury car tax bill has been defeated in the Senate after Family First Senator Steve Fielding and the Opposition combined to vote against it.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who had agreed with proposed Greens amendments to the bill, lamented a "lost opportunity" to make the failed luxury car tax bill greener and fairer.
… If the bill had succeeded it would have increased the tax for some cars worth more than $57,000.
Earlier Senator Fielding defended his decision to vote against the legislation, saying he had wanted it to include exemptions to help farmers and tourism operators who need more expensive vehicles for their work.
"The Government could do something if they wanted to to get this measure through," he said. ……Treasurer Wayne Swan told Radio National that Senator Fielding's requested amendments would have been a "compliance nightmare."
Senator Xenophon says the crossbenchers missed a chance to make the failed luxury car tax bill greener and fairer and there needs to be more discussion between crossbench senators in the future.
"I can't speculate on the negotiations between Senator Fielding and the Government, I just don't know what happened there," he said.