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    10   Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2004-2005

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Swan who moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for its:

(1)    dishonest promises during the 2004 election campaign that it would keep interest rates low;

(2)    short-term, reckless spending during the lead up to the 2004 election, which is adding to inflationary and interest rate pressures;

(3)    gross neglect of Australia’s education and training needs, leaving Australia with a skills crisis which is adding to inflationary and interest rate pressures; and

(4)    failure to secure Australia’s economic future by making the long term policy commitments that will improve the productivity and competitiveness of the Australian economy”.

Debate continued.

Ms Bird addressing the House—