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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.

Debate resumed.

Senator Jack Evans moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion add '', but the Senate, noting that- (a) the Attorney-General stated in the Senate on 21 September 1983 that 'We (the Government) believe, as a party, that there are real advantages and real merits in the fixed term proposal';

(b) the reason given by the Government for withdrawing the fixed term proposal was that 'opinion on this issue (fixed terms) as between the major parties is hopelessly divided at this point', and 'given the history of referendums on constitutional matters in this country, it does make it extremely implausible that the proposal would attract the necessary majority support were it to go ahead in that particular environment'; and

(c) the same set of circumstances exists in relation to this Bill, in that the Government supports the Bill and the Liberal and National Parties are opposed to the Bill as it stands,

urges the Government not to proceed to a referendum on this issue unless conducted concurrently with a proposal for fixed terms of Parliaments''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided


Senators- Chipp Evans, Jack Haines Macklin (Teller) Mason

NOES, 56

Senators- Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bolkus Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Coates Coleman Collard (Teller) Colston Cook Crichton-Browne Crowley Durack Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hearn Hill Jessop Jones Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh Maguire Martin Messner Primmer Rae, Peter Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Scott Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 34

Senators- Bolkus Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

NOES, 27

Senators- Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Messner Rae, Peter Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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

In the Committee

Clause 1 read- Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Page 1, lines 4 and 5, leave out ''Simultaneous Elections'', insert ''Terms of Senators''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Elstob) resumed the Chair; and Senator Hamer reported that the Committee had considered the Bill, made progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered-That the Committee have leave to sit again at a later hour of the day.