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PROPOSED SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the consideration of Government Business, Order of the Day No. 6 (Australian Meat Industry-Royal Commission-Report-Papers-Ministerial Statement), forthwith.

Debate ensued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 32

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn Jones Keeffe McClelland McIntosh McLaren Macklin Mason Mulvihill Primmer Ray, Robert Robertson Ryan Siddons Tate Walsh Teller: Senator Sibraa

NOES, 29

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bonner Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Martyr Messner Reid Scott Teague Thomas Townley Walters Watson Withers Young Teller: Senator Kilgariff

The President announced the result of the Division and stated that, there not being an absolute majority of the whole number of Senators voting in favour of the motion, as required by Standing Order 448, the motion was negatived.