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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.


Mr Katter, by leave, during a personal explanation, presented the following paper:

Australian exports and imports—Copy of documents prepared by the Department of the Parliamentary Library (3).

Suspension of sitting

At 1.36 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of sitting

At 4.03 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Debate continued.

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

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

On the motion of Mr Ruddock, by leave, Government amendments (1) to (5) were made together.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

Question—That the Bill be reported to the House with amendments—put and passed.