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FIRST HOME OWNERS AMENDMENT BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Lewis moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add ''but the Senate, whilst accepting the need for overall budgetary cuts in Government spending, including in the First Home Owners Scheme, condemns the Government for- (a) introducing this Bill which amounts to a shameful dishonouring of an election pledge to maintain the First Home Owners Scheme; and

(b) its arbitrary action in determining that the heaviest cuts would fall on the poorest and most needy members of the community''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 35

Senators- Archer Baume Boswell Brownhill Chaney Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Scott Sheil Teague Townley Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 30

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Childs Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Giles Grimes Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Main Question, as amended-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 and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Education (Senator Ryan) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.