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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 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.