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SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT BILL 1982

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

Senator Grimes moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill should be amended to extend the payment of sickness benefits without a waiting period to persons who are ineligible to receive unemployment benefits because of sub-section 107 (4) of the Social Security Act, relating to persons engaged in industrial action''.

Debate ensued.

Senator Macklin moved an amendment to Senator Grimes' proposed amendment, viz: After ''persons'' (first occurring), insert: ''who have exhausted their entitlement to sickness leave from their employer and''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted (Senator Macklin's amendment to Senator Grimes' proposed amendment)-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added (Senator Grimes' amendment , as amended)-put and passed.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.

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 amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.