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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 Griffin who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not denying the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) notes the failure of the Federal Government to protect Australian consumers by delaying the implementation of a mandatory national labelling regime for ethanol blended fuel despite the repeated public assurances of the Minister for Environment and Heritage;

(2) notes the decision by the Howard Government to continue to protect the interests of the ethanol industry by continuing to subsidise the industry while failing to provide adequate protection for consumers;

(3) notes the inadequacy of the proposed labelling regime to provide consumers with a sufficiently informed choice when purchasing ethanol blended fuel;

(4) notes the failure of the Federal Government to release the proposed regulations that will determine what labelling information consumers will be given;

(5) notes the Government's general conduct in developing its ethanol policy behind closed doors in a clandestine manner; and

(6) calls on the Government to release the regulations immediately to ensure public scrutiny of their proposals".


Mr Griffin, by leave, presented the following papers:

Ethanol labelling—

Guide for consumers—Consumer Affairs Victoria Fact Sheet, April 2003.

Copy of label for ethanol blend petrol.

Copy of label for E10 unleaded Bogas with ethanol.

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.