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SALES TAX AMENDMENT BILLS (NOS 1 TO 9) 1981 SALES TAX AMENDMENT BILLS (NOS 1A TO 9A) 1981
SALES TAX (EXEMPTIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 1981

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

The Acting Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Mason) moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate considers that the Sales Tax Amendment Bills (Nos lA to 9A) 1981 should be amended so as to exempt from the new 2-1/2% tax:

(i) books, newspapers and other information publications;

(ii) building materials for the construction of private dwellings;

(iii) goods which affect the cost of food; and

(iv) clothing and footwear.''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided--

AYES, 6

Senator-- Senator-- Bjelke-Petersen Siddons Haines Harradine Teller: Mason Macklin

NOES, 47

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Jessop Baume Jones Bolkus Kilgariff Bonner Lajovic Button Lewis Carrick McClelland Chaney McIntosh Childs McLaren Coates Martyr Coleman Messner Collard Missen Colston Mulvihill Crichton-Brown Primmer Durack Rae, Peter Elstob Ray, Robert Evans Reid Foreman Teague Georges Thomas Gietzelt Townley Giles Walsh Grimes Watson Guilfoyle, Withers Dame Margaret Hearn Teller: Hill Robertson

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question--That these Bills be now read a second time--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 29

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Macklin Baume Martyr Bjelke-Petersen Mason Bonner Messner Carrick Missen Chaney Rae, Peter Collard Reid Crichton-Browne Siddons Durack Teague Guilfoyle, Thomas Dame Margaret Townley Haines Watson Hill Withers Jessop Lajovic Teller: Lewis Kilgariff

NOES, 21

Senator-- Senator-- Bolkus Grimes Button Harradine Childs Hearn Coates Jones Coleman McLaren Colston Mulvihill Evans Primmer Foreman Ray, Robert Georges Walsh Gietzelt Teller:- Giles Robertson

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.

Contingent Notice of Motion Withdrawn: Senator Harradine withdrew Contingent Notice of Motion No. 8, standing in his name and relating to the Sales Tax Amendment Bills (Nos 1A to 9A) 1981.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Harradine, pursuant to contingent notice, moved--That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving the following motion: That the Senate declares that any decision by the Senate to make requests to the House of Representatives for amendment of the Sales Tax Amendment Bills (Nos 1A to 9A) 1981 does not indicate that the Senate considers that all of the provisions of those Bills are properly included in Bills imposing taxation.

Debate ensued.

Question--put and passed.

Ordered--That the motion proposed to be moved by Senator Harradine be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.