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SOUTH PACIFIC NUCLEAR FREE ZONE TREATY BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Conduct of Business-Proposed suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Sanders, 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 the following motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate: That the Order of the Day relating to the consideration of the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Bill 1986 be called on immediately after consideration of the Order of the Day relating to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty Bill 1986.

Debate ensued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 7

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

NOES, 51

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jessop Jones Kilgariff Knowles McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil Sibraa Tate Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

Cognate debate: The Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Amendment Bill 1986 was, by leave, considered together with the above-mentioned Bill during the second reading debate.

Debate resumed.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 36

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

NOES, 28

Senators- Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jessop Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Messner Newman Parer Puplick Reid Sheil (Teller) Townley Vanstone Walters Watson

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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 debated.

Senator Sanders, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

Page 1, after Title, insert the following new Preamble:

""WHEREAS it is desirable that the Parliament give effect to certain obligations that Australia has as a party to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty and make provision for related matters:

""AND WHEREAS it is the intention of the Parliament to give effect to the policy whereby Australia will refuse to allow the supply of Australian uranium to France until France ceases testing nuclear weapons in the South Pacific region:''.

Page 1, clause 2, lines 8 to 11, leave out the clause, insert the following clause:

""2. (1) Sections 1 to 7 (inclusive) shall come into operation on the day on which the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986 comes into operation.

""(2) The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on such day as is, or on such respective days as are, fixed by Proclamation, being a day or days, as the case may be, later than the day referred to in sub-section (1).''.

Page 7, after clause 18, insert the following new clause:

Prohibition of exportation of uranium to France

""18a. (1) Provision for Australia's refusal to allow the supply of Australian uranium to France until France ceases testing nuclear weapons in the South Pacific region is made in the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986.

""(2) Sub-section (1) does not derogate from the operation of the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986.''.

Debate ensued.

And it being 2 p.m., the Senate having resumed-