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FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS 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—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 condemns the Government for:

(1) turning its back on commitments made in 1997 to protect consumers from dangerous fuel substitution;

(2) allowing millions of dollars of excise revenue to be lost because of inadequate policing of fuel standards; and

(3) rejecting calls by Eastern Seaboard states to better police fuel standards"—

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 Dr Stone (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage), the Bill was read a third time.