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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.

Mr Emerson 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, at the beginning of the new millennium and during the Centenary of Federation:

(1) acknowledges the invaluable role of migrants in building a fairer and more prosperous Australian nation; and

(2) urges the government, in its pursuit of cost reductions in migration administration, to look at migration issues in a comprehensive manner and not to lose sight of the need to provide migrant families with equality of opportunity, especially educational opportunity, so that they have the best chance of contributing to the achievement of a fair cohesive society".

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Danby), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.