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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 246

Mr SPEAKER -As this Bill is a Bill to amend the Constitution, the provisions of section 128 of the Constitution must be observed. I therefore direct that the bells be rung.

The bells having been rung-

Mr SPEAKER -As I have informed the House already, as this is a constitution amendment Bill it requires that we record that there is an absolute majority. I propose to appoint persons to record those who vote 'aye'. To facilitate the procedures of the House I have instructed the Clerk to provide 2 boards. I appoint the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) and the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James) to count those honourable members sitting to the right of the Chair, and I appoint the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett) and the honourable member for Hughes (Mr Les

Johnson) to count those honourable member sitting to the left of the Chair.

During the recording of names-

Mr Armitage -I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. You have not asked whether there is a dissentient voice.

Mr SPEAKER -That is a good point. Is there a dissentient voice? I take it that everybody is voting 'aye'.

Mr Morris - After the sitting was suspended after the lights went out, Mr Speaker, you informed honourable members that you would ring the bells, I understand, to re-assemble the House. The bells were rung to assemble the House and you then proceeded to count the ayes. The doors had been locked and there was no way for honourable members outside the chamber to enter the House and indicate whether any was a dissentient voice. I would like my remarks to be recorded in Hansard.

The following names were then recorded-

MrSpeaker-Rt Hon. B. M. Snedden, Q.C.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! As 1 12 members have agreed to the motion for the third reading, I declare that the third reading has been agreed to by an absolute majority as required by the Constitution.

Bill read a third time.

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