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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—

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Mr Miles (Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet) to the Prime Minister) moved the following amendment: Page 5 (after line 16), at the end of the Bill, add:

7 Severability

  If, apart from this section, section 4 would impose in relation to a State, or an authority or officer of a State, a superannuation contributions surcharge the imposition of which in relation to the State, authority or officer would exceed the legislative power of the Commonwealth, section 4 has effect as if it did not impose that
surcharge in relation to the State, authority or officer, as the case may be.

8 Act does not impose tax on property of State

 (1) Without limiting section 7, this Act does not impose a tax on property of any kind belonging to a State.

 (2) In this section:

  property of any kind belonging to a State has the same meaning as in section 114 of the Constitution.

Debate continued.

Paper: Mr Miles presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Miles, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.