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

""The need for the Government to endorse the principle that some form of community work be required of those in receipt of unemployment benefit''.

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

Senator Chaney thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Suspension of Standing Order 64 to permit an amendment: Senator Mason, at the request of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) and pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Haines moving an amendment to the motion.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Mason, at the request of Senator Haines, thereupon moved an amendment to the motion, viz: Leave out ""required of'', insert ""made available for''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 37

Senators- Aulich Black Childs Coates Coleman Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Jones McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Morris Powell Ray Reynolds Richardson Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Zakharov

NOES, 27

Senators- Alston Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Hamer Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Newman Parer Puplick Reid Sheil (Teller) Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Withers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

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