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Senator McLaren, pursuant to Standing Order 448, moved--That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the debate on General Business, Notice of Motion No. 41, standing in the name of Senator McLaren and relating to the setting up of a Senate Select Committee, proceeding forthwith.

Debate ensued.

Closure: The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Baume) moved--That the Question be now put.

Question--That the Question be now put--put and passed.

Main Question--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 26

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

NOES, 32

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

And so it was negatived.