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URGENCY MOTION

The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Parer 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 take immediate action to ensure that Australians have genuine freedom of choice, without co-ercion, to join, not to join or to resign from a trade union.''.

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

Senator Parer 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: At the end of the statement of the matter of urgency, add the following words: "", provided that they pay to the relevant union a fee for service not less than their union membership fee, or to a charity an amount equal to their union membership fee''.

Debate continued.

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

Leave Refused: Senator Harradine sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Suspension of Standing Order 64 to permit an amendment: Senator Macklin, at the request of 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.

The Senate divided

AYES, 37

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

NOES, 29

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Senator Macklin, at the request of Senator Haines thereupon moved an amendment to the motion, viz: Leave out the statement of the matter of urgency, insert the following: ""The need for Governments, employers and unions to have regard to the evidence submitted to and the conclusions reached by the Senate Select Committee on Industrial Relations Legislation in respect to trade union membership.''.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 36

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

NOES, 28

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 36

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

NOES, 28

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Main Question, as amended, put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 36

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

NOES, 28

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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