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INNOVATION AND EDUCATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 2001

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 Lee, 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 Housecondemns the Government for damaging Australian universities through massive funding cuts, and for reducing opportunities for Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students, in particular by:

(1) cutting Commonwealth funding for universities by $3 billion since 1996, thereby reducing student places by 81,500;

(2) overseeing a reduction of 3,278 in enrolments of Australian university students in 2000;


(3) cutting the number of research training places by 3,336; and

(4) cutting HECS postgraduate coursework places by 60% since 1996"—

Debate resumed.

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. 345, 7 August 2001, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to, after debate.

Consideration in detail concluded.

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