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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 Fitzgibbon 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:

(1) condemns the Government for failing to fully embrace the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on the Retailing Sector including:

(a) the establishment of a mandatory code embracing the principle of "like terms for like customers" and the mandatory notification of retail stores and wholesale operation acquisitions by publicly listed corporations; and

(b) the establishment of a National Uniform Retail Tenancy Code; and

(2) calls on the Government to facilitate open debate about the full impact of the GST on the viability of small businesses".

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.