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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 Lee 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) reducing government expenditure on universities by $3 billion and shifting the burden onto students and graduates;

(2) cutting 3,500 research training places, including 800 at regional universities; and

(3) continuing to work towards total university fee deregulation".

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 319, 12 June 2001, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Dr Kemp (Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs), the Bill was read a third time.