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 26 BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPROVEMENT 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 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) persistently seeking to erode the bargaining capacity of working Australians;

(2) its one-sided, confrontational approach to reform in this industry; and

(3) failing to address the non-payment of employee entitlements and tax evasion in the building and construction industry".

Debate continued.

Mr Organ addressing the House—