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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 M. J. Ferguson, who moved, as an amendment—

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "without denying the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Howard Government for:

(1) failing Australia's national interests and security by failing to support an Australian shipping industry, maritime jobs and coastal communities that rely on a viable, efficient industry for jobs, security and tourism; and

(2) risking our maritime environment by not showing international leadership to ban from our coasts single hulled vessels like the Prestige, that caused devastation off the coast of Spain".

Suspension of sitting

At 10.36 a.m., a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of sitting

At 10.50 a.m., the proceedings were resumed.

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Leave granted for the question on the report to be put forthwith.

Question—That the Bill be reported to the House without amendment—put and passed.