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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr)—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.

Explanatory memorandum: The Minister for Small Business (Senator Sherry) tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendment to be moved to the bill.

On the motion of Senator Sherry the following amendment was agreed to:

 Schedule 1, page 7 (after line 12), at the end of the Schedule, add:

 16 After subsection 35(2A)


  (2AA) The Inspector-General must include in a report prepared under subsection (1) the Inspector-General's comments on:

 (a) the employment of any person under subsection 32(3) during the year to which the report relates (whether or not the employment commenced during that year); and

 (b) any delegation under section 32AA in force during the year to which the report relates.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with an amendment.

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

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