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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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Crean, viz.—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) condemns the Government for its cynical election driven spending spree which—while spending a record $52 billion over the forward estimates—failed to deliver crucial services to Australians, including:

 (a) funding the pneumococcal vaccine for children;

(b) funding VET in schools so young Australians can either Earn or Learn;

(c) ensuring access to Higher Education without excessive fees or increasing student debt levels;

(d) ensuring all Australians can access bulkbilling services; and

(e) ensuring adequate measures to respond to Australia's skill shortage; and

(2) also condemns the Government for failing to present a strategy to adequately address the long term fiscal challenges facing the nation"—

Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned (Mr Ruddock—Attorney-General), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.