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

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bills read a first time.

The Minister for Finance (Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle) moved-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Papers: Senator Walsh, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Papers:

Companies Tax-Copies of particulars and changes of particulars in register of directors, managers and secretaries of certain companies.

Senator Walsh moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate expresses its concern at the Government's actions in again increasing sales tax, which increases will have adverse consequences in regard to inflation, the equity of the tax system, and living standards''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 25

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

NOES, 33

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

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question-That these Bills be now read a second time-put and passed.

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 requests.

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

On the motion of Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bills read a third time.