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

Senator Walsh moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that the existing coal export levies are indiscriminate and calls upon the Government to introduce legislation to abolish the coal export duty and replace it with a resource rent tax which takes into account the real level of costs and profits''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 24

Senators- Bolkus Childs Coates Coleman Colston Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Hearn Keeffe McClelland McIntosh McLaren Mulvihill Ray, Robert Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Teller: Senator Robertson

NOES, 33

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bonner Carrick, Sir John Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Martin Martyr Mason Messner Rae, Peter Reid Scott Siddons Teague Townley Walters Watson Young Teller: Senator Thomas

Amendment negatived accordingly.

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

Bill read a second time.

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

In the Committee

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

Bill to be reported without requests.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.