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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Siddons moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate considers that Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1981-82 should be amended so as to increase payments to or for the States and the Northern Territory in Division 896 under the Department of Housing and Construction for the purposes of the Housing Assistance Act by $189,300,000 to $251,500,000 so as to provide a total expenditure for the purposes of the Act of $451,500,000''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put and negatived.

Main Question--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner)--That consideration of the Bill in Committee of the Whole be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.