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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 Lee 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) cutting Commonwealth Government investment in higher education by a billion dollars;

(2) proposing new arrangements for higher education research which:

 (a) reduce the number of Commonwealth-funded research training places, particularly hurting newer, smaller and regional universities; and

(b) fail to address the need for increased research funding;

(3) abolishing the National Board of Employment, Education and Training and thereby removing a significant source of corporate knowledge and independent advice; and

(4) seeking to reduce the independence of the Australian Research Council, by removing its ability to initiate advice".

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.