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CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (FIXED TERM PARLIAMENTS) BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans- That Standing Order 283 be suspended so as to enable a Call of the Senate to be made, without 21 days notice, in connection with the third reading of the Constitution Alteration (Fixed Term Parliaments) Bill 1981.

Senator Evans, by leave, withdrew his motion.

Senator Evans, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the third reading of the Bill being moved forthwith and passed without a Call of the Senate.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Evans thereupon moved-That this Bill be now read a third time.

Question put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 37

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

NOES, 23

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

The President declared that the Question-That this Bill be now read a third time -had been resolved in the affirmative by an absolute majority, as required by the Constitution.

Bill read a third time.