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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner)--That this bill be now read a second time--and on the

amendment moved by Senator Herron--

At end of motion, add "but the Senate:

(a) notes that the Pharmacy Agreement, which is the subject of

this bill and which is to take effect from 1 April 1995, is

still being negotiated by the Government;

(b) notes that this is far from being the only instance of the

Government legislating in anticipation of a set of

circumstances which are still to be resolved; and

(c) condemns the Government for its continual treatment of the

Parliament as a rubber stamp of executive action".

Debate resumed.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Main question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the


In the committee

Explanatory memorandum: The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for

Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Sherry) tabled a supplementary

explanatory memorandum relating to the Government amendments to be moved

to the bill.

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

On the motion of Senator Sherry the following amendments, taken together

by leave, were debated and agreed to:

Schedule, page 3, item 5, omit "1999", substitute "2000".

Schedule, page 7, item 25, omit "1999", substitute "2000".

Schedule, page 9, item 37, omit "1999", substitute "2000".

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Herron) resumed the Chair and the

Chairman of Committees (Senator Crichton-Browne) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Sherry the report from the committee was

adopted and the bill read a third time.