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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 3) 1999-2000

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 Tanner, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not denying the Bill a second reading, the House condemns:


(1) the Government for its abdication of Commonwealth responsibility for appropriate national funding of health, education and other essential community services;

(2) the recent statements by the Prime Minister indicating that Specific Purpose Payments to the States will be reduced as part of the introduction of the new tax system, breaking both his promise to the Australian people and to State and Territory leaders; and

(3) the Government's failure to abide by the independent arbitration process regarding the indexation of the Australian Health Care Agreement's payments to the States for public hospitals"—

Debate resumed.

Mr Murphy addressing the House—