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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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr M. J. Evans, 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:

(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 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. 118, 16 July 1999, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill; and

No. 119, 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 Mr M. J. Evans, by leave, Opposition amendments 1 and 2 were made together, after debate.

On the motion of Ms Worth (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs), by leave, Government amendments 1 to 5 were made together, after debate.

Paper

Ms Worth presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

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