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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31472

Debate resumed from 23 June, on motion by Mr Vaile:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Dr Emerson 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:

(a) notes that in response to the Government's announcement that it had completed negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States the Senate established a Select Committee to examine the FTA in its entirety;

(b) condemns the Government for bringing on debate on this bill before the Senate Select Committee on the FTA has reported and only one hour after the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has reported;

(c) notes the wide ranging ramifications of the FTA and its implications for many aspects of Australia's economic, trade, foreign, health - particularly the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, copyright, intellectual property, manufacturing, audio-visual and media policies require it to be thoroughly assessed to determine it is in Australia's national interest”.