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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Perrett—That this House:

(1)    recognises the conclusion of a great television police drama, The Bill , and thanks the ABC for its long standing commitment to the program;

(2)    acknowledges that since 1983, The Bill , has kept many of us from fully engaging with the broader Australian arts community on a Saturday night;

(3)    recognises the broad contribution that our local arts make to Australian society and culture;

(4)    reaffirms our commitment to the arts and to engaging with our local performers, artists and writers (particularly on our now Bill -less Saturday nights); and

(5)    calls on the Minister for the Arts to lead Australia into a new era of artistic development and excellence and for all Australians to better support their local live performances ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.