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

The unfitness of Mr Neville Wran for appointment to high federal office because of his protection of corruption and because of tainted appointments made while he was Minister for Police, Premier of New South Wales, and Federal President of the Australian Labor Party.''.

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

Senator Peter Baume thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.


The Senate divided

AYES, 28

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

NOES, 36

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

And so it was negatived.

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