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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 Lee, viz.—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) using the important issue of literacy in a cynical political fashion;

(2) failing to provide government schools with additional resources in line with its increased expenditure for the non-government sector; and

(3) failing to meet its 1996 promise and 1999 Budget commitment to maintain funding for teacher professional development".

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

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

Messages from the Governor-General

The following messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were announced:

No. 113, 16 July 1999, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill; and

No. 114, 27 August 1999, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of amendments to the Bill.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

On the motion of Ms Worth (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs), by leave, Government amendments (1) to (9) were made, together.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.


Ms Worth presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

On the motion of Ms Worth, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.