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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 O'Connor who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House, whilst supportive of Australia's dairy industry and whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, condemns the government for:

(1) seeking to push this important Bill through the parliament at the latest possible time, given that it has had the industry package in its hands since April 1999 and endorsed it in September 1999;

(2) failing to articulate a clear vision for the future of the dairy industry;

(3) failing to carry out a proper assessment of the likely impact of deregulation on dairying regions and failing to make any provision for assisting communities to cope with the impact of deregulation;

(4) imposing a new tax on milk;

(5) failing to make any provision to assist workers in the dairy industry who may lose their jobs as a result of deregulation;

(6) failing to assist in the re-training of farmers and others displaced as a result of deregulation;

(7) failing to include measures specifically aimed at encouraging investment in new plant and equipment, either on farm or beyond;

(8) failing to include measures aimed at opening up and expanding overseas markets;

(9) failing to include a research and development component within the package;

(10) poor targeting of assistance to farmers; and

(11) failing to develop an adequate mechanism to ensure that consumers benefit from any fall in the price farmers receive for milk, in the face of price increases that have accompanied the removal of state based regulatory arrangements in the past".

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.