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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL 1984

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That this Bill be now read a second time-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Martin, viz: At end of motion, add ''but the Senate- (a) disagrees with the Government's action in seeking to remove reference to Her Majesty The Queen from the oath of allegiance and the affirmation of allegiance; and

(b) views with concern- (i) the Government's deliberate devaluation of the importance of the honour of Australian citizenship,

(ii) the Government's overall failure to consult properly with the people of Australia before bringing into this Parliament such radical republican legislative proposals, and

(iii) the Government's refusal to put such a fundamental change in citizenship to the people of Australia in a referendum''. Debate resumed.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Martin, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Question being put separately on each paragraph of the amendment.

Question-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be added by paragraph (a) be added-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be added by paragraph (b) be added-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 26

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

NOES, 31

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs 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 Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov And so it was negatived. Main Question, as amended, put and passed. Bill read a second time.

And it being 10.30 p.m.-