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    20   Higher Education Support Amendment (Asian Century) Bill 2013

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—


The House divided and only Ms Gambaro and Mr Alexander voting “No”, the Deputy Speaker (Mr Scott) declared the question resolved in the affirmative.

It being 1.45 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.




Suspension of standing order 43 for this sitting

Mr Albanese (Leader of the House), by leave, moved—That government business have priority over members’ statements for this sitting.

Question—put and passed.




Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 417, 13 February 2013, from Her Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved immediately.

On the motion of Ms Bird (Minister for Higher Education and Skills), the bill was read a third time.