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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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr McMullan, 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 expresses its concern about the nature of the bill, in particular:

(1) the lack of legislated detail about the TCF (Strategic Investment Program) Scheme;

(2) the wide discretion given to the Minister to determine details of the Scheme;

(3) the failure to require the Minister to formulate the Scheme by a specified date;

(4) the failure to specify the size of the funding envelope for each of the grants contemplated under the Scheme;

(5) the failure to specify the range of amounts available for individual grants under the Scheme; and

(6) the failure to legislate the criteria for receiving grants under the Scheme"—

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 44, 10 February 1999, from His Excellency the Governor[hyphen]General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved Opposition amendments (1) and (2) together.

Debate continued.

Amendments agreed to.

Mr McMullan moved Opposition amendment (3).

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Crosio, in the Chair)—

AYES, 63

Mr AdamsMr GibbonsMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMs GillardMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GriffinMs MacklinMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMs HallMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMr HattonMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr DanbyMr HollisMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr EdwardsMr HorneMr MorrisMr Snowdon
Ms EllisMrs IrwinMr MossfieldMr Swan
Dr EmersonMr JenkinsMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr G. J. EvansMs KernotMs O[quot ]ByrneDr Theophanous
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMr O[quot ]ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr O[quot ]KeefeMr Wilkie
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr Wilton
Mr FitzgibbonMr LeeMr PriceMr Zahra
Ms GerickMs LivermoreMr Ripoll

NOES, 73

Mr AbbottMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr ForrestMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr McGauranMr Somlyay
Ms BaileyMs GambaroMrs MayDr Southcott
Mr BairdMrs GashMr MooreMrs Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr HardgraveMr NairnMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HawkerMr NehlMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HockeyDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMrs HullMr Neville*Mr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr JullMr NugentMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr KatterMr ProsserMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyJackie KellyMr ReithDr Washer
Mr CharlesDr KempMr RonaldsonMr Williams
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St Clair
Mrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Schultz
Mr EntschMr LloydMr Scott

* Tellers


Mr Howard Mr Beazley

And so it was negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Entsch (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources), by leave, the Bill was read a third time.