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STANDING ORDERS--PROPOSED SUSPENSION: Senator Evans moved--That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent debate on the statement by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick) relating to the Premiers' Conference and on issues raised thereby being resumed forthwith.
Debate ensued.
Question--put.
The Senate divided--

AYES, 27

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

NOES, 35

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

And so it was negatived.