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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ''The need to reassert that Australia's participation in ANZUS and the western alliance is- (a) vital to our defence;

(b) a major contribution to the maintenance of an effective stable deterrence and the preservation of peace; and

(c) a means of increasing Australia's influence in disarmament negotiations,

and to unequivocally reject the attractive but unrealistic idea that unilateral nuclear disarmament would be an effective way to bring about an end to the arms race''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion- Senator Chaney thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

And the debate having reached the limit of 2 hours allowed by Standing Order 64- Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Baume moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Question being put forthwith.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Question-That the motion be agreed to-put accordingly.

The Senate divided

AYES, 66

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume Bjelke-Petersen Black Bolkus Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Coates Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hearn Hill Jessop Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Missen Parer Primmer Puplick Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Scott Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov


Senators- Chipp Evans, Jack Haines Macklin (Teller) Mason Vigor And so it was resolved in the affirmative.