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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 Crean (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) 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) failing to listen to the community concerning the GST impact on excise levels;

(2) opposing Labor's private member's bill giving a fuel excise cut to motorists yet allowing a Government backbencher to introduce his own private member's bill that would tear up the Intergovernmental Agreement signed with the States;

(3) belatedly reducing only a portion of its GST fuel excise windfall merely because it is in a state of panic because of the upcoming Ryan by-election, and

(4) its poor administration of the excise regime".

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Ruddock—Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.