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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) the following amendments, taken together by leave, were agreed to:

 Schedule 4, item 1, page 26 (line 6), omit "$10,000", substitute "$5,000".

 Schedule 4, item 2, page 26 (line 8), omit "$10,000", substitute "$5,000".

 Schedule 4, item 3, page 26 (line 10), omit "$10,000", substitute "$5,000".

 Schedule 4, item 5, page 27 (line 6), omit "28", substitute "21".

 Schedule 4, item 13, page 28 (line 2), omit "(1)".

 Schedule 4, item 13, page 28 (lines 5 and 6), omit subitem (2).

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Stephens, in respect of Schedule 4, item 11.

Question—That Schedule 4, item 11 stand as printed—put and negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator McGauran) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Stephens the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.