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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—

Debate resumed by Mr Swan who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for:

(1) persisting with the proposal to impose a regressive and unfair tax on families and individuals in a way that has become unworkable, increasing the costs of having children, and widening inequality in society;

(2) attempting to administer family payments in such a way as to deny access by families to those payments by incorporating [quot ]virtual offices[quot ] into the already gridlocked Centrelink structure; and

(3) attempting to wind back the rights of appeal of citizens in receipt of social security payments by placing inappropriate time restrictions on access to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal".

Debate continued.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Mossfield, in the Chair)—

AYES, 74

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LiebermanMr Scott
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LindsayMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FaheyMr LloydMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Ms BaileyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McGauranMrs Stone
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMrs MayMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr MooreMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMr HawkerDr NelsonMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMrs HullMr NugentDr Washer
Mr CausleyMr JullMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CharlesMrs D. M. KellyMr PyneDr Wooldridge
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr RonaldsonMs Worth
Mr DownerDr KempMr Ruddock
Mrs DraperMr LawlerMr St Clair

NOES, 64

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sawford*
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Mr CoxMs HallMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr CreanMr HattonMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr DanbyMr HollisMr MorrisMr Snowdon
Mr EdwardsMr HorneMr MurphyMr Swan
Ms EllisMrs IrwinMs O[quot ]ByrneMr Tanner
Dr EmersonMr JenkinsMr O[quot ]ConnorDr Theophanous
Mr G. J. EvansMs KernotMr O[quot ]KeefeMr K. J. Thomson
Mr M. J. EvansMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr PriceMr Wilton
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMr QuickMr Zahra

* Tellers


Mr Howard Mr Beazley

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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. 74, 4 June 1999, from His Excellency the Governor[hyphen]General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr Truss (Minister for Community Services), the Bill was read a third time.