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NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE-JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE-REPORT ON PLANNING FOR SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHAMBERS

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Robertson-That the Senate take note of the Report-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Crichton-Browne, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""the Senate-

(a) accepts the necessity for the interior finish of the Senate Chamber in the new Parliament House to maintain in suitable form the dignity and atmosphere of the present Chamber;

(b) considers that it is appropriate for the new Chamber to have a basically wood-panelled appearance, taking advantage of, and making use of the wide range of timbers to be found throughout Australia; and

(c) rejects the proposal, recently revealed to Senators, for the walls of the new Chamber to be lined with fabric of varying colours, not consistent with the traditional red colour common to Westminster-style Upper Houses.''.

Debate resumed.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 24

Senators- Archer Baume, Michael Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Coleman Crichton-Browne Durack Haines Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh Macklin Puplick (Teller) Short Teague Townley Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 43

Senators- Aulich Baume, Peter Black Bolkus Chaney Childs Chipp Coates Collard Colston Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Jones Kilgariff McClelland McKiernan Maguire Mason Messner Missen Morris Parer Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Sanders Sheil Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Main Question-put and passed.