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GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE-ANSWER TO QUESTION

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) to a Question without Notice asked by Senator Crowley this day, relating to Government expenditure.

Debate ensued.

Senator Messner moved-That the debate be now adjourned.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 34

Senators- Archer Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Jessop Knowles MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Sanders Sheil Short Siddons Teague Townley Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 28

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Childs Coates Colston Cook Crowley Devlin Elstob Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Jones McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Maguire Morris Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Senator Chaney moved-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out ""the next day of sitting'', insert ""a later hour of the day''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Main Question, as amended, put and passed.