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HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING 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—

Debate resumed by Mr M. J. Evans 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:

(1) notes that the quality of Australian education institutions is of prime importance to our future, both economically and culturally; and

(2) condemns the Government for damaging the quality of Australian education by:

 (a) punitive cuts to universities;

(b) a lack of commitment to equity issues; and

(c) mismanagement of the education export industry".

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.