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EXCISE AMENDMENT (COMPLIANCE IMPROVEMENT) BILL 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—

Debate resumed by Mr K. J. Thomson who moved, as an amendment—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 condemns the Government for:

(1) this fresh demonstration of the Government's administrative style of drift followed by mad panic; and

(2) its failure to tackle tobacco excise compliance, and now contemptuously giving the House of Representatives and the public a mere 24 hours to consider this Bill before debating it".

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

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.