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Wednesday, 26 March 2003
Page: 13626


Miss JACKIE KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) (10:11 AM) —In summing up the second reading debate on the Industry, Tourism and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2002, I thank all of those members—it was not the member for Blaxland—who continued the debate so admirably in the absence of a number of late speakers who withdrew. I also thank the members who have contributed to the discussion on the bill, in particular the member for Wentworth, who spoke about the government's many initiatives to promote innovation in Australian industry. He particularly highlighted achievements of the government's innovation statement, Backing Australia's Ability. He also commented on the importance of the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme in encouraging the development of internationally competitive firms in the Australian automotive industry. I thank the member for Dobell who, in supporting the bill, illustrated why there is a need to extend existing country of origin defences available under the Trade Practices Act 1974. I also thank the opposition for recognising that this is sensible legislation which deserves passage.

As my colleague the member for Wentworth observed, the opposition has put forward an amendment which does not directly relate to the provisions of this bill. This government's record on industry and innovation policy speaks for itself with Australia's strong growth, innovation and productivity performance. But we are here to consider the provisions of this bill. This is an omnibus bill, which seeks to make improvements to the Industry, Tourism and Resources portfolio. The bill advances the government's commitment to tidy up the statute books by making minor amendments to legislation to correct errors and update references and by repealing out-of-date legislation. I understand that there are some amendments to make to the bill. We will do that in a minute, but I commend the bill to the House.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)—The original question was that this bill be now read a second time. To this the honourable member for Rankin has moved an amendment that all words after `that' be omitted with a view to substituting other words. The immediate question is that the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question.

Question agreed to.

Original question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Message from the Administrator recommending an appropriation for the purposes of an amendment to this bill announced.