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      3   Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012—BUDGET DEBATE

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— And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Robb, viz .—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “while not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1)    condemns the Government for incorporating in an annual appropriation bill provisions to increase the limit on government borrowings above the total of $200 billion;

(2)    recognises that a special case must be made for such a significant increase in borrowing limits and that the Government must explain any special circumstances that it believes justify such an increase; and

(3)    demands that the Parliament be given the opportunity to consider separately and vote on the proposed increases in borrowing limits set out in Part 5 of Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-12.”

Debate resumed.




Suspension of meeting

At 1.02 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of meeting

At 4.02 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.




Debate continued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.