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HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (DEMAND DRIVEN FUNDING SYSTEM AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2011

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers (Senator McLucas)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Mason moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate:

  (a) notes:

   (i) the government response to the Bradley reforms may impose increasing regulation on the higher education sector,

   (ii) the growing burden of red tape and regulation imposed on small businesses, not-for-profit organisations, higher education providers and industry by the Gillard Government, and

   (iii) that the increasing regulatory burden represents a broken election promise by the Labor Government which said that it would only introduce a new regulation after repealing an earlier regulation - a `one in, one out' rule; and

  (b) calls on the Gillard Government to adopt immediately the Coalition's red-tape reduction policy which will seek to reduce the cost of the Commonwealth's regulatory burden by at least $1 billion per year".

Debate ensued.

At 9.50 pm: Debate was interrupted.