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CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (REMOVAL OF OUTMODED AND EXPENDED PROVISIONS) BILL 1983

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

Question-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.

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the following amendments were, by leave, taken together and agreed to: Page 1, clause 2, lines 6 to 9, leave out the clause.

Page 1, after clause 2, insert the following new clause: Summoning Parliament ''2A. Section 5 of the Constitution is altered by omitting the last paragraph.''.

Page 2, after clause 8, insert the following new clause: Ministers of State ''8A. Section 64 of the Constitution is altered by omitting from the last paragraph 'After the first general election, no' and substituting 'No'.''.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Townley) 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.

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

Question-put.

As no Division was called for, the President drew attention to the constitutional requirement that the Bill must be passed by an absolute majority and directed the Bells to be rung.

Following the ringing of the Bells, the President again put the Question, and declared in favour of the ''Ayes''. No Division being called for, the President directed that the names of those Senators present voting for and voting against the third reading be recorded.

The following 50 Senators voted for the third reading:

Senators-

Baume

Bjelke-Petersen

Bolkus

Carrick, Sir John

Chaney

Childs

Chipp

Coates

Coleman

Collard

Colston

Crichton-Browne

Crowley

Durack

Evans, Gareth

Evans, Jack

Foreman

Georges

Gietzelt

Giles

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

Ryan

Sibraa

Tate

Teague

Walsh

Walters

Withers

Zakharov

The following two Senators voted against the third reading:

Senators-

Archer

Townley

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.