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AUSTRALIA'S DEFENCE STRATEGY: Suspension of Standing Orders

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) making a statement on the content and authenticity of The National Times article ''Australia's New Defence Strategy'', published on 29 March 1984; and on the steps taken by the Government to keep the document secure; and as would prevent a debate on the issue.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Ministerial Statement: The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) thereupon made a statement concerning The National Times article.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Statement.

Debate ensued.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', and calls upon the Government to make a full statement as a matter of urgency on the content of and decisions taken by the Government on the document known as 'The Strategic Basis of Australia's Defence Policy 1983' and the steps taken by the Government to keep the document secure''.

Debate continued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 27

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Carrick, Sir John Chaney Chipp Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Martin Mason Rae, Peter Reid Scott Teague Townley Withers

NOES, 24

Senators- Bolkus Childs Coates Coleman Colston Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Gietzelt Grimes Hearn Jones McIntosh (Teller) Maguire Primmer Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

Amendment agreed to accordingly.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.

Senator Sir John Carrick, the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), by leave, made statements relating to matters raised during the debate.