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CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS) BILL 1984

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

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of clause 4, and of the amendment moved thereto by Senator Macklin, viz: Page 2, proposed new sub-section 13 (5), lines 34 to 36, leave out ''in accordance with a law made by the Parliament for the purposes of that sub-section or, if there is no such law, as determined''.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and passed.

On the motion of Senator Macklin the following further amendment was agreed to: Page 2, proposed new sub-section 13 (6), lines 37 and 38, leave out the proposed sub-section.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Title read- Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Leave out ''to ensure that Senate elections and House of Representatives elections are always held on the same day, and to adjust the terms of senators accordingly'', insert ''to change the terms of senators so that they are no longer of fixed duration and to provide that Senate elections and House of Representatives elections are always held on the same day''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 30

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

NOES, 27

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Amendment agreed to accordingly.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments, and an amendment in the Title.

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

On the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) the Report from the Committee was adopted.

Suspension of Standing Orders to enable a Call of the Senate: Senator Gareth Evans, by leave, amended Contingent Notice of Motion No. 15 standing in his name.

Senator Gareth Evans thereupon moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent a Call of the Senate being made forthwith in connection with the third reading of the Constitution Alteration (Terms of Senators) Bill 1984 and the Constitution Alteration (Interchange of Powers) Bill 1984.

Debate ensued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 32

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

NOES, 25

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Call of the Senate: By direction of the President, the bells were rung for 3 minutes, and the names of the Senators were called over alphabetically by the Clerk.

And the following Senators answered to their names-Senators Baume, Bjelke-Petersen, Bolkus, Boswell, Button, Sir John Carrick, Childs, Chipp, Coates, Coleman, Collard, Colston, Cook, Crichton-Browne, Crowley, Durack, Elstob, Gareth Evans, Jack Evans, Foreman, Georges, Gietzelt, Giles, Grimes, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Haines, Hamer, Harradine, Hearn, Hill, Jessop, Jones, Kilgariff, Lajovic, Lewis, McClelland, MacGibbon, McIntosh, Macklin, Maguire, Martin, Mason, Messner, Missen, Primmer, Robert Ray, Reid, Reynolds, Richardson, Robertson, Ryan, Scott, Sibraa, Tate, Teague, Townley, Walsh, Walters, Watson, Withers and Zakharov.

The names of the Senators who had not answered to their names, viz: Senators Archer, Chaney and Peter Rae, were called over a second time by the Clerk when none of such Senators answered.

The Acting Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Durack) informed the Senate that Senator Archer was absent overseas and Senators Chaney and Peter Rae were absent because of illness and would be unable to answer the Call of the Senate.

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button) moved-That in view of the fact that Senator Archer was absent overseas and Senators Chaney and Peter Rae were absent because of illness, the said Senators be excused for failure to answer the Call of the Senate.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (TERMS OF SENATORS) BILL 1984- Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a third time.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 35

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

NOES, 25

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

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.