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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2335

Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) (Leader of the Opposition) - I move:

That thetime allotted for the consideration of the Committee stage be extended to 12.45 p.m., and that the time allotted for the consideration of the remainder of the Bill be extended to 1 p.m.

I notice that it is now about 12.23 p.m. I have moved my motion because we are almost on the final stages of this Bill. A couple of amendments remain to be put and it will be almost impossible to deal with them in the time allotted. The final stages of the Bill will not take very long to deal with and the Opposition and the Australian Democratic Labor Party should at least have an opportunity to put their amendments. I ask for an indication that this request will be acceded to as a matter of common sense.

Senator Greenwood - I would be happy to alter the deadline of 12.30 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. to enable the other matters to be proceeded with in the intervening period. Is that acceptable to the Opposition?

Senator MURPHY - Instead of doing that let us say that the whole debate will finish by 1 o'clock. We will not need a quarter of an hour for the final stages of the Bill.

Senator Greenwood - I am prepared to leave it to the Senate to decide whether we should go until 12.45. There are a number of votes to take place and I assume that the Opposition will seek to divide on the remaining stages of the Bill.

Senator MURPHY - We would like to.

Senator Greenwood - In those circumstances I think we should proceed on a basis that the other place will receive the Bill this afternoon after it resumes.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 51.

After Part VIII. of the Principal Act, the following Part is inserted: - "PARTVIIIa.- AMALGAMATION OF ORGANIZATIONS. "158a. In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears - "158k. - (1.) If approval in respect of the amalgamation is given in accordance with the last preceding section, the Industrial Registrar shall arrange for the conduct, in respect of each of the existing organizations concerned in the amalgamation, of a ballot of the members of that organization on the question whether they approve the proposed amalgamation of that organization with the other existing organization or organizations concerned. "(2.) A ballot referred to in the last preceding sub-section shall be a secret ballot by postal voting and the Industrial Registrar shall -

(a)   conduct the ballot himself;

(b)   direct a Deputy Industrial Registrar or an officer employed in a Registry to conduct the ballot; or

(c)   make arrangements with the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth for the conduct of the ballot by a Commonwealth Electoral Officer or a Returning Officer holding office under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918-1966. "(3.) A copy of the scheme of amalgamation submitted under this Part or, if the scheme has been amended in accordance with this Part, of the scheme as so amended, shall accompany each ballot paper sent to a person entitled to vote at the ballot. "(4.) Subject to the next succeeding sub-section, the roll of voters for a ballot shall be a roll of the persons who were members of the organization onthe day on which the Industrial Registrar gave his approval under the last preceding section. "(5.) The name of a member shall not be included in the roll if -

(a)   he became a member more than twelve months before the day referred to in the last preceding sub-section; and

(b)   he is, on that day, an unfinancial member within the meaning of the rules of the organization and has been such an unfinancial member at all times during the period of twelve months ending on that day. "(6.) Subject to this section, a ballot referred to in this section shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations.

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