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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 Smith, 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) notes the embarrassing failure of the Government's datacasting spectrum auction in May this year due to the Government's restrictive and unworkable genre-specific datacasting regime; and

(2) calls on the Government to state publicly whether it remains committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework on digital television and datacasting; and

(a) if the Government does not remain committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework, to establish immediately a public process to ascertain the views of industry generally on the future of digital television and datacasting; or

(b) if the Government remains committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework, to immediately announce the amendments it will propose to its unworkable and restrictive genre-specific datacasting regime to enable a viable datacasting industry to emerge"—

Debate resumed.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Hollis, in the Chair)—

AYES, 73

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonMr LiebermanMr Secker
Mr AndersonMr EntschMr LindsayMr Slipper
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FaheyMr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMr FischerMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr McGauranMrs Sullivan
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMrs GashMrs MoylanMr A. P. Thomson
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Truss
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NehlMr Tuckey
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CameronMrs HullMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CausleyMr JullMr ReithMr Williams
Mr CharlesMrs D. M. KellyMr RonaldsonMs Worth
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mr DownerDr KempMr St Clair
Mrs DraperMr LawlerMr Schultz

NOES, 62

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonMs LivermoreMr Quick
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr BevisMs GerickMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMr GibbonsMs MacklinMr Sawford*
Ms BurkeMs GillardMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sercombe*
Ms CorcoranMs HallDr MartinMs Short
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MelhamMr Sidebottom
Mr CreanMs HoareMr MorrisMr Smith
Mrs CrosioMr HorneMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr DanbyMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMr JenkinsMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Ms EllisMs KernotMr O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EmersonMr LathamMr O'KeefeMr Zahra
Mr M. J. EvansDr LawrenceMs Plibersek
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LeeMr Price

* Tellers


Mr Howard Mr Beazley

Dr Wooldridge Mr Kerr

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


Mr McGauran (Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

On the motion of Mr McGauran, by leave, Government amendments (1) to (14) were made together, after debate.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr McGauran, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.