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CUSTOMS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (CRIMINAL SANCTIONS AND OTHER MEASURES) 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 Kerr, 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) calls for an approach to illicit drug use which acknowledges that law enforcement alone cannot be a sufficient response to the health and social problems that confront us as a society in relation to illicit drugs, and policy makers and the community must focus on the effects of drug use on youth, and on developing harm minimisation strategies;

(2) is of the opinion that the Bill is a misguided response to the issue of illicit drugs in Australia, as the `war on drugs' rhetoric is misguided, misplaced and out of step with what is really going on in the Australian community;

(3) is concerned that the increases in penalties contained in the Bill, have no coherent foundation and may lead to unintended and grossly unfair consequences; and

(4) whilst accepting that there are sound public policy reasons in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to support special measures to prohibit the importation of performance enhancing drugs, notes that there has been inadequate public consultation in the development of these measures and the other penalty measures in the legislation, and calls on the Government to refer these issues to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for a comprehensive review after the Sydney 2000 Games have concluded"—

Debate resumed.

Mr Prosser, by leave, again addressed the House.

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

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

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Mr Kerr, by leave, moved Opposition amendments (1) to (4) together.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

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

AYES, 61

Mr AdamsMs GerickMs MacklinMr Sawford*
Mr AlbaneseMr GibbonsMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Mr BreretonMr GriffinMr MartinMr Sidebottom
Ms BurkeMs HallMr MelhamMr Smith
Mr ByrneMs HoareMr MorrisMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMrs IrwinMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMr JenkinsMr MurphyMr Tanner
Mr DanbyMs KernotMs O'ByrneDr Theophanous
Mr EdwardsMr KerrMr O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr LathamMr O'KeefeMr Wilkie
Dr EmersonDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr Wilton
Mr M. J. EvansMr LeeMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMs LivermoreMr Ripoll
Mr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd

NOES, 75

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LloydMr Scott
Mr AndrenMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMrs GallusMr McGauranMr Somlyay
Fran BaileyMs GambaroMrs MayDr Southcott
Mr BairdMrs GashMr MooreDr Stone
Mr BarresiMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr HaaseMr NairnMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HardgraveMr NehlMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HockeyMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMrs HullMr NugentMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr JullMr ProsserMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr KatterMr PyneMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs D. M. KellyMr ReithDr Washer
Mr CharlesDr KempMr RonaldsonMr Williams
Mr DownerMr LawlerMr RuddockMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LiebermanMr St Clair

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Howard Mr Beazley

Jackie Kelly Mr Hatton

And so it was negatived.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General), by leave, moved Government amendments (1) to (11) together.

Debate continued.

Paper

Mr Williams presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Williams, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.