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FIVE BILLS—DECLARATION OF URGENCY—ALLOTMENT OF TIME

Declaration of urgency: The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston) declared the following bills to be urgent bills:

 Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 1998

 Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Bill 1998

 Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

 Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Bill 1998

 NRS Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 1998,

and moved—That these bills be considered urgent bills.

Question—That these bills be considered urgent bills—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37


Senators—
AbetzEgglestonKnowlesPayne
AlstonEllisonLightfootReid
BoswellFergusonMacdonald, IanTambling
BrownhillFerrisMacdonald, SandyTierney
CalvertGibsonMacGibbonTroeth
Campbell, IanHarradineMcGauranVanstone
ChapmanHeffernanMinchinWatson
ColstonHerronO'Chee (Teller)
CoonanHillParer
CraneKempPatterson

NOES, 35


Senators—
AllisonConroyHoggQuirke
BartlettCookLeesRay
BishopCooneyLundyReynolds
BolkusCrossinMackaySchacht
BourneCrowleyMargettsSherry
BrownDenmanMcKiernanStott Despoja
Campbell, GeorgeEvansMurphyWest
CarrForshawMurrayWoodley
CollinsGibbsO'Brien (Teller)

Question agreed to.


Allotment of time: Senator Alston moved—That the time allotted for consideration of the remaining stages of the bills be as follows:

 Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Bill 1998 and 4 related bills, remaining stages to 11 pm, with the allotment of time in committee of the whole to be as follows:

  Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 1998 1 hour

  Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service )

  Standards) Bill 1998 )

  Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 1998 ) until 10.45 pm

  Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment )

  Bill 1998 )

  NRS Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 1998 )

 Remaining stages, all bills until 11 pm.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37


Senators—
AbetzEgglestonKnowlesReid
AlstonEllisonLightfootSynon
BoswellFergusonMacdonald, IanTambling
BrownhillFerrisMacdonald, SandyTierney
Calvert (Teller)GibsonMacGibbonTroeth
Campbell, IanHarradineMcGauranVanstone
ChapmanHeffernanMinchinWatson
ColstonHerronParer
CoonanHillPatterson
CraneKempPayne

NOES, 35


Senators—
AllisonConroyGibbsO'Brien (Teller)
BartlettCookHoggQuirke
BishopCooneyLeesRay
BolkusCrossinLundySchacht
BourneCrowleyMackaySherry
BrownDenmanMargettsStott Despoja
Campbell, GeorgeEvansMcKiernanWest
CarrFaulknerMurphyWoodley
CollinsForshawMurray

Question agreed to.