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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS REPEAL BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Messner moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate-

(a) is of the opinion that the Government's decision to abolish the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs:

(i) will break yet another promise to the Australian community,

(ii) will establish a bureaucratically controlled research office,

(iii) has ignored the Government's own Review of Migrant and Multicultural Programs and Services,

(iv) does not achieve savings of the magnitude announced by the Government,

(v) signals a downgrading of many important programs, and

(vi) was instigated without any consultation or consideration for those who would be affected; and

(b) further calls on the Government to explain how it intends to obtain data of the kind and quality provided by the Institute in order that governments, generally, might make appropriate decisions regarding our society''.

Debate continued.

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

Main Question, as amended-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 56

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

NOES, 5

Senators- Haines Macklin (Teller) Powell Sanders Vigor

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, debated and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Coleman) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.