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STATES (TAX SHARING AND HEALTH GRANTS) AMENDMENT BILL (No. 2) 1982

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Walsh moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill deprives the States of funds necessary to meet their needs, as identified by the Grants Commission, and fails to address adequately the issue of fiscal equalisation''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put and negatived.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Georges) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Lewis) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Finance (Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.