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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the

Minister for Defence (Senator Ray)--That this bill be now read a second


Debate resumed.

Senator Patterson moved the following amendment:

At end of motion, add ", but that consideration of the bill in committee

of the whole be postponed until there is laid on the table, by the

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans),

amendments to the bill to ensure that families in the following

circumstances are not unjustifiably excluded from the Home Child Care

Allowance as a result of differences, in the relevant definitions and

other provisions, between the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the

Social Security Act 1991:

(a) families that comply with current residency requirements for

taxation purposes but in which the claimant or dependent child

is overseas for a period exceeding 13 weeks;

(b) families in which the youngest dependent child is aged between

18 and 25 years, in full time education, with an income below

$1,785 a year; and

(c) families which would be eligible for the Home Child Care

Allowance were it not for the automatic exclusion of

"prescribed' students".

Debate ensued.

Senator McGauran raised a point of order relating to alleged conduct of

a Government adviser during debate.

Statement by Acting Deputy President: The Acting Deputy President

(Senator Chapman) referred to a statement by the President on 8 December

1993 and stated that any behaviour, such as was alleged, by advisers in

advisers' benches or by any person in any of the galleries is grossly

disorderly, and the Chair may order the withdrawal or removal of any

offenders, and that advisers who are assisting Senators from the

advisers' benches have a particular obligation to behave with decorum.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Family Services (Senator Crowley),

by leave, made a statement relating to the Acting Deputy President's


Debate was interrupted while Senator Harradine was speaking.

At 12.45 p.m.--