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Senator Farrell, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 85—That the following bill be introduced:

 A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to defence, and for related purposes.

Question put and passed.

Senator Farrell presented the bill and moved—That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Senator Farrell moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Explanatory memorandum: Senator Farrell, by leave, tabled an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Debate adjourned till the next day of sitting, Senator Farrell in continuation.

Reference to committee: Pursuant to the order of the Senate agreed to earlier today (see entry no. 5) the bill stands referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

Statement by leave: The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.