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CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS) BILL 1983 CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (PARLIAMENTARY TERMS) BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

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

In the Committee

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

Bills to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the Report from the Committee was adopted.

Suspension of Standing Order 242: The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave, moved-That so much of Standing Order 242 be suspended as would prevent the third readings of the Constitution Alteration (Simultaneous Elections) Bill 1983, Constitution Alteration (Parliamentary Terms) Bill 1983, Constitution Alteration (Parliament) Bill 1983 and Constitution Alteration (Double Dissolution) Bill 1983, being passed without Calls of the Senate.

Question-put and passed.

Ordered-That the Constitution Alteration (Simultaneous Elections) Bill 1983 and the Constitution Alteration (Parliamentary Terms) Bill 1983 be further considered separately.

CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS) BILL 1983- Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a third time.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 43

Senators- Baume Bolkus Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Crowley Durack Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hearn Jones Kilgariff Lajovic McClelland Macklin Maguire Mason Messner Missen Primmer Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Teague Walsh Withers Zakharov

NOES, 12

Senators- Archer Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Lewis Townley Walters

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.

CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (PARLIAMENTARY TERMS) BILL 1983- Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a third time.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 51

Senators- Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bolkus Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Collard Colston Crichton-Browne Crowley Durack Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Hearn Hill Jessop Jones Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis McClelland Macklin Maguire Mason Messner Missen Primmer Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Teague Walsh Withers Zakharov

NOES, 4

Senators- Archer Harradine Townley (Teller) Walters

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.