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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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr K. J. Thomson, 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) expresses its concern with the fundamental unfairness of the Government's approach to taxation generally and the fundamental unfairness of a goods and services tax, including the heavy compliance burden on small business, and in particular the Government's decision to tax health items including, for the first time in fifty years, taxing tampons and sanitary pads; and

(2) calls on the Treasurer to amend the GST legislation or the Minister for Health to honour the Government's pre-election promise that health products would be GST-free by including tampons and sanitary pads in the Minister's determination"—

Debate continued.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

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

AYES, 73

Mr AbbottMr FaheyMr LloydMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FischerMr McArthur*Mr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McGauranDr Southcott
Mr BairdMs GambaroMrs MayDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMr MooreMrs Sullivan
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveMr NehlMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMr HockeyMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr NugentMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMr JullMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CausleyMr KatterMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CharlesMrs D. M. KellyMr ReithDr Wooldridge
Mr DownerDr KempMr RonaldsonMs Worth
Mrs DraperMr LawlerMr Ruddock
Mrs ElsonMr LiebermanMr St Clair
Mr EntschMr LindsayMr Schultz

NOES, 64

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Ripoll
Mr AlbaneseMs GerickMs J. S. McFarlaneMs Roxon
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMs GillardMr McLeayMr Sawford*
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MartinMr Sercombe*
Mr CoxMs HoareMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mr CreanMr HollisMr MorrisMr Smith
Mrs CrosioMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr DanbyMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMs KernotMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Ms EllisMr KerrMr O'ConnorDr Theophanous
Dr EmersonMr LathamMr O'KeefeMr K. J. Thomson
Mr M. J. EvansDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LeeMr PriceMr Wilton
Mr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMr QuickMr Zahra

* Tellers


Mr Howard Mr Beazley

Jackie Kelly Mr Hatton

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr Slipper (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration), the Bill was read a third time.