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Thursday, 27 May 2004
Page: 29333

Debate resumed from 24 May, on motion by Mr Costello:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Crean moved by way of 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:

(1) condemns the Government for its cynical election driven spending spree which—while spending a record $52 billion over the forward estimates—failed to deliver crucial services to Australians, including:

(a) funding the pneumococcal vaccine for children;

(b) funding VET in schools so young Australians can either Earn or Learn;

(c) ensuring access to Higher Education without excessive fees or increasing student debt levels;

(d) ensuring all Australians can access bulkbilling services; and

(e) ensuring adequate measures to respond to Australia's skill shortage; and

(2) also condemns the Government for failing to present a strategy to adequately address the long term fiscal challenges facing the nation”.