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Monday, 15 September 2003
Page: 20076

Debate resumed from 11 September, on motion by Dr Stone:

That this bill be now read a second time

upon which Mr Griffin moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not denying the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) notes the failure of the Federal Government to protect Australian consumers by delaying the implementation of a mandatory national labelling regime for ethanol blended fuel despite the repeated public assurances of the Minister for Environment and Heritage;

(2) notes the decision by the Howard Govern-ment to continue to protect the interests of the ethanol industry by continuing to sub-sidise the industry while failing to provide adequate protection for consumers;

(3) notes the inadequacy of the proposed labelling regime to provide consumers with a sufficiently informed choice when purchas-ing ethanol blended fuel;

(4) notes the failure of the Federal Government to release the proposed regulations that will determine what labell-ing information consumers will be given;

(5) notes the Government's general conduct in developing its ethanol policy behind closed doors in a clandestine manner and;

(6) calls on the Government to release the regulations immediately to ensure public scrutiny of their proposals”.