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 4 MARITIME LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS) BILL 2003

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 Zahra who moved, as an amendment—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:

(1) is of the opinion that Australia needs an efficient, viable and effective fleet to reduce the risk to our marine environment, defence readiness, maritime and port security;

(2) condemns the Government for its total disinterest in the future of the Australian shipping industry; and

(3) calls on the Government to develop policy to level the playing field for the Australian industry to ensure it can be saved as an efficient, viable and effective fleet".

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.