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APPROPRIATION BILL (NO. 3) 2001-2002

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 McMullan, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: 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 its:

(1) pre-election spending spree;

(2) speculation in currency derivatives at a cost of nearly $5 billion over the life of this Government;

(3) blatant disregard for the application of Australian accounting standards in compiling its own accounts;

(4) failure to recognise the GST as a Commonwealth tax and this Government as the highest taxing Government of all time;

(5) complete lack of disclosure and accountability in relation to the escalating costs of the so-called `Pacific Solution';

(6) breaking its election promise to make health insurance affordable by approving a premium increase at twice the rate of inflation;

(7) misleading the public about the real cost of its defence commitments prior to the election;

(8) woefully inadequate support for the development of the broadband infrastructure integral to Australia's participation in the information economy;

(9) inadequate attempts to remedy chronic under funding of research and innovation; and

(10) failure to address the significant investment needs in the areas of education and the provision of social services"—

Debate resumed.

Suspension of sitting

At 6.30 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of sitting

At 8 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Neville), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.