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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 Emerson 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) systematically intervening in workplaces against the interests of working Australians who choose to be represented by trade unions; and

(2) its double standards in attacking working Australians and their trade unions through selective changes to the legislative framework while refusing to take comparableaction against corporate misbehaviour including:

 (a) introducing new offences and penalties for trade union officials while failing to amend the Corporations Act to introduce comparable offences and penalties for highly paid executives and directors;

(b) failing to introduce legislative provisions to rein in obscene executive payouts; and

(c) failing to take action against the use of corporate insolvencies and `phoenix' companies to avoid paying employee entitlements and debts owed to small businesses".

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.