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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 Fitzgibbon, 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) 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 resumed.

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.