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EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AMENDMENT BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate condemns the Government for-

(a) its lack of notice to and consultations with exporters in bringing in the legislation and making it effective 6 days after the announcement;

(b) its failure to recognise the commitment of the original scheme to provide grants on the original basis to 30 June 1987;

(c) the uncertainty caused by dividing a year into parts and not recognising the normal financial year ending at 30 June; and

(d) its lack of understanding in disadvantaging small business from competing for grants''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till a later hour of the day, and that Senator Brownhill have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.