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HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1999

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by Mr Lee, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the Bill be withdrawn and redrafted to provide for removal of the items which seek to impose voluntary student unionism, which will damage the interests of students, communities and the nation as a whole by:

(1) undermining the independence of universities by imposing political conditions on Commonwealth grants;

(2) reducing student representation in an attempt to silence opposition to higher education funding cuts;

(3) slashing services available to students, such as child care, legal and employment advice, cafeterias and sporting facilities;

(4) placing a further financial burden on universities; and

(5) putting at risk community services, facilities and employment, particularly in regional areas"—

Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned (Mr Ruddock—Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.