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URGENCY MOTION

The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Siddons advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency:

""The Government's current strategy of reducing the authority of the Foreign Investment Review Board, which will open the door for foreign countries to buy the remainder of our wealth producing industries at rock bottom prices.''.

Senator Siddons, by leave, amended the proposed statement of the matter of urgency to read as follows:

""The Government's current strategy of reducing the authority of the Foreign Investment Review Board, which will open the door for foreign companies to buy the remainder of our wealth producing industries at rock bottom prices.''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion

Suspension of Standing Order 64 to alter speaking times: The Leader of the Government (Senator Button) moved-That so much of Standing Order 64 be suspended as would prevent the Senator speaking third in the debate from speaking for up to 20 minutes.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Siddons thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 7

Senators- Haines Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 52

Senators- Alston Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coleman Colston Cook Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Giles Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Jessop Jones Kilgariff Knowles McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Richardson Robertson Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Papers was called on.