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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2135

Second Reading

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

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

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

1. condemns the Government for breaking its 2007 election promise to increase spending on the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme and instead cutting the program over the course of the last 5 years;

2. notes that the cuts to the EMDG scheme:

   a. are directly due to the budget mismanagement of the Government and its wasteful expenditure policies; and

   b. represent further evidence of the Government's inability to understand the plight of Australian exporters as they meet huge challenges in the quest to build their international markets;

3. expresses concern that the Government has introduced increased red tape in the administration of the EMDG scheme when what is required across the Government is a reduction in red tape; and

4. recognises that the Coalition, when in government, commits to reviewing the changes in the bill to establish their true budgetary and administrative impact on business, especially small and medium enterprises.