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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1456

The PRESIDENT - The question now is that the words proposed to be added by Senator Byrne's amendment be added. Is a division required?

Honourable senators - Yes. (The bells having been rung) -

Senator O'Byrne - I desire some clarification. Is it a fact that the Government is voting against its own Bill in this amendment?

The PRESIDENT - I cannot peer into the mysteries of the mind of the Government.

Senator O'Byrne - What is the amendment?

Senator COTTON - For clarification, it is to add some words expressing a broad sentiment.

The PRESIDENT - Order! The question is that to the motion 'That the Bill be now read a second time' the following words be added:

But the Senate expresses the view that the Government should consider as soon as possible the complete elimination of Federal estate duty.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be added (Senator Byrne's amendment) be added.

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