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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BILL 1981 RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That these Bills be now read a second time.

Senator Evans moved an amendment in respect of the Human Rights Commission Bill 1981, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""the Bill be withdrawn and redrafted to provide for--

(a) its application to the laws and practices of the States and the Northern Territory; (b) the full application, without the reservations and declarations embodied in Australia's ratification, of the rights contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

(c) the specific adoption in judicially enforceable form (along the lines of the 1973 Human Rights Bill) of the rights contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

(d) the extension of the Commission's jurisdiction to enable it to investigate and report upon possible breaches of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (which includes guarantees of the rights to form and join trade unions, social security, an adequate standard of living, work, physical and mental health, education and to take part in cultural life);

(e) the extension of the Commission's jurisdiction to enable it to enforce the rights contained in the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women;

(f) the expansion of the powers and functions of the Commission to give it a more effective enforcement role, especially in relation to civil and political rights; and (g) in relation to racial discrimination matters, the retention of the independent status and functions, and especially the power to report directly to Parliament, of the Commissioner for Community Relations''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That these Bills be now read a second time, divided--

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BILL 1981--

Question--That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Evans' amendment)--put.

AYES, 23

Senator-- Senator-- Cavanagh McLaren Chipp Mason Colston Mulvihill Elstob O'Byrne Evans Primmer Gietzelt Ryan Grimes Sibraa Hearn Tate Keeffe Walsh McAuliffe Wheeldon McClelland Teller: McIntosh Robertson

NOES, 30

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Messner Baume Missen Bonner Neal Carrick Puplick Chaney Rae Collard Scott Durack Sim Guilfoyle, Teague Dame Margaret Thomas Hamer Townley Lajovic Walters Laucke, Watson Sir Condor Withers Lewis Young MacGibbon Martin Teller: Maunsell Kilgariff

And so it was negatived.

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question--That this Bill be now read a second time--put and passed.

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT BILL 1981--

Question--That this Bill be now read a second time--put.

AYES, 30

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Messner Baume Missen Bonner Neal Carrick Puplick Chaney Rae Collard Scott Durack Sim Guilfoyle, Teague Dame Margaret Thomas Hamer Townley Lajovic Walters Laucke, Watson Sir Condor Withers Lewis Young MacGibbon Martin Teller: Maunsell Kilgariff

NOES, 24

Senator-- Senator-- Cavanagh McLaren Chipp Mason Colston Mulvihill Elstob O'Byrne Evans Primmer Gietzelt Ryan Grimes Sibraa Harradine Tate Hearn Walsh Keeffe Wheeldon McAuliffe McClelland Teller: McIntosh Robertson

Bills read a second time.

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

In the Committee

Bills, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bills to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Maunsell) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Durack) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bills read a third time.