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

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

The Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) moved-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Walsh moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate notes that any defeat of the measure would require the Commonwealth to forego approximately $160 million this financial year to the Australian oil producers, and condemns the Prime Minister for not honouring his election undertaking to commit any additional oil levy revenue to tax cuts and family allowances''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 21

Senators- Bolkus Childs Coates Coleman Colston Elstob Georges Gietzelt Giles Harradine Hearn Jones Keeffe McClelland McLaren Mulvihill Primmer Ryan Tate Walsh Teller: Senator Sibraa

NOES, 30

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bonner Chaney Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hill Jessop Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Martin Mason Messner Missen Reid Scott Siddons Teague Thomas Townley Walters Watson Withers Teller: Senator Kilgariff

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 48

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bolkus Bonner Chaney Childs Coates Coleman Collard Colston Crichton-Browne Durack Elstob Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Harradine Hearn Hill Jessop Jones Keeffe Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McLaren Martin Messner Missen Mulvihill Primmer Ray , Robert Reid Ryan Scott Sibraa Tate Teague Thomas Townley Walsh Walters Watson Withers Teller: Senator Kilgariff


Senators- Chipp Haines Mason Siddons Teller: Senator Macklin

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without requests.

The Deputy-President (Senator McClelland) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Bonner) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Chaney the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.