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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 McClelland who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House declines to give the Bill a second reading and condemns the Government for:

(1) attempting to weaken the independence of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission by requiring the Commission to seek the permission of the Attorney-General before intervening in court proceedings;

(2) attempting to reduce the effectiveness of the Commission by abolishing specialist Commissioners; and

(3) denigrating the valuable work undertaken by the Commission over its lifetime to strengthen the human rights of Australians".

Debate continued.

The House continuing to sit until after midnight—

FRIDAY, 27 JUNE 2003

Debate adjourned (Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations)), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.