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[NO. 2]Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.


The Senate divided

AYES, 34

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Giles Jones (Teller) McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vallentine Vigor Walsh Zakharov

NOES, 31

Senators- Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Kilgariff (Teller) Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Sheil Short Townley Vanstone Walters Withers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Senator Vigor moved the following amendment, viz: Page 1, after clause 2, insert the following new clause:

Cessation of operation of Act

""2A. (1) This Act shall cease to be in force at the expiration of 2 years after the commencement of this Act.

""(2) When this Act ceases to be in force by virtue of sub-section (1), the relevant Acts shall have effect as if those Acts had not been amended by this Act.

""(3) A permit granted under section 22B of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 as amended by this Act shall continue in force after this Act ceases to be in force by virtue of sub-section (1) as if this Act had not ceased to be in force.

""(4) In this section, "relevant Acts' means the Acts amended by this Act.''.

Debate ensued.

And it being 10.30 p.m.: The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Townley), under Sessional Order, put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question-put and negatived.

Debate continued.

Question-That the proposed new clause be inserted in the Bill-put and passed.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with an amendment.

The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Townley) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Evans the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.