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POLITICAL BROADCASTS AND POLITICAL DISCLOSURES BILL 1991

Order read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the

Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs (Senator Tate) - That

this bill be now read a second time.

Declaration of urgency: The Manager of Government Business

(Senator McMullan), declared the Political Broadcasts and

Political Disclosures Bill 1991 an urgent bill and moved - That

this bill be considered an urgent bill.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: The Leader of the

Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill), pursuant to contingent

notice of motion, moved - That so much of standing order 142

be suspended as would prevent debate taking place on the

motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided -

AYES, 30

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Knowles (Teller) Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Short Teague Tierney Walters Watson

NOES, 35

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Burns Button Childs Coates Collins Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Evans Faulkner Foreman Giles Jones (Teller) Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Powell Ray Schacht Sherry Sibraa Sowada Spindler Walsh West Zakharov Question negatived. Question - That this bill be considered an urgent bill - put. The Senate divided -

AYES, 34

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Burns Button Childs Coates Collins Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Evans Faulkner Foreman Giles Jones (Teller) Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Powell Ray Schacht Sherry Sibraa Spindler Walsh West Zakharov

NOES, 31

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Knowles (Teller) Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Short Sowada Teague Tierney Walters Watson Question agreed to. Allotment of time: Senator McMullan moved - That the time allotted for consideration of the remaining stages of the Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Bill 1991 be till 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 December 1991. Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Hill, pursuant to contingent notice of motion, moved - That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent the motion being debated without limitation of time and each Senator speaking for the time allotted by the standing orders. Debate ensued. Question put. The Senate divided -

AYES, 29

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Herron Hill Kemp Knowles (Teller) Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Short Teague Tierney Walters Watson

NOES, 35

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Burns Button Childs Coates Collins Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Foreman (Teller) Giles Harradine Jones Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Powell Ray Schacht Sherry Sibraa Sowada Spindler Tate Walsh West Zakharov Question negatived. Debate continued. Senator Macdonald moved an amendment to Senator McMullan's motion: Omit all words after "till", substitute "3.30 p.m. on Friday 13 December 1991.".

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Hill moved -

That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would

prevent the amendment being debated without limitation of time

and each Senator speaking for the time allotted by the standing

orders.

Ruling of President: The President stated that the procedure now

adopted posed a difficult question of interpretation. Senator Hill

had a contingent notice of motion to move suspension of

standing orders to remove the time limit on debate on the

motion for the allotment of time. It had been assumed in the

past that the time allowed for debate on the suspension motion

would not be part of the time allowed for debate on the motion

for the allotment of time. That assumption had been followed on

this occasion. This raised the possibility, however, of an endless

series of motions for the suspension of standing orders endlessly

extending the time for debate on the motion for the allotment of

time. The President stated that the proper construction of the

contingent notice is that it allows only one motion to be moved

to suspend standing orders to extend the time allowed for debate

on the motion for the allotment of time. Any further motion for

suspension of standing orders is moved without notice and the

time allowed for it must be part of the time allowed for the

motion to allot time. At the expiration of the time allowed for

that motion, therefore, he must put the question on all motions

and amendments then before the Senate.

Limitation of time: And the time allowed for the consideration of

the motion having expired -

Question - That Senator Hill's motion to suspend standing orders

be agreed to - put.

The Senate divided -

AYES, 29

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Herron Hill Kemp Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Reid (Teller) Short Teague Tierney Vanstone Walters

NOES, 34

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bourne Burns Childs Coates Collins Colston Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Faulkner (Teller) Foreman Giles Harradine Jones Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Reynolds Schacht Sherry Sibraa Sowada Spindler Tate Walsh West Zakharov Question negatived. Question - That Senator Macdonald's amendment to Senator McMullan's motion be agreed to - put. The Senate divided -

AYES, 31

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Reid (Teller) Short Sowada Teague Tierney Vanstone Walters

NOES, 32

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bourne Burns Childs Coates Collins Colston Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Faulkner (Teller) Foreman Giles Jones Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Reynolds Schacht Sherry Sibraa Spindler Tate Walsh West Zakharov Question negatived. Question - That Senator McMullan's motion be agreed to - put. The Senate divided -

AYES, 32

Senators - Aulich Beahan Bell Bourne Burns Childs Coates Collins Colston Cooney Coulter Crowley Devereux Faulkner (Teller) Foreman Giles Jones Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Maguire Reynolds Schacht Sherry Sibraa Spindler Tate Walsh West Zakharov

NOES, 31

Senators - Alston Archer Baume Bishop Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crichton-Browne Durack Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Lewis Macdonald MacGibbon O'Chee Olsen Panizza Parer Patterson Reid (Teller) Short Sowada Teague Tierney Vanstone Walters Question agreed to.

And it being 2 p.m. -