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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 for the Government to abandon its fringe benefits tax which threatens thousands of jobs in the car industry and other industries''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion-

Senator Chaney thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.


The Senate divided

AYES, 27

Senators- Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jessop Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Messner Newman Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Sheil Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 35

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Macklin Mason Morris Ray Reynolds Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sanders Siddons Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

And so it was negatived.