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The Acting Deputy President (Senator Colston) informed the Senate that

the President had received a letter from Senator Crane advising that

this day he intended to move--That, in the opinion of the Senate, the

following is a matter of urgency:

The failure of the Prime Minister to condemn the political and

economic blockade of Western Australia by supporting the Trades &

Labor Council ahead of the national interest.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Senator Crane moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Bell, at the request of the

Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot) and pursuant to

contingent notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be

suspended as would prevent Senator Kernot moving an amendment to the


Question put and passed.

Senator Bell, at the request of Senator Kernot, moved the following


At end of motion, add "and the failure of the Leader of the Opposition

to condemn the Western Australian Premier for going to the people in

an election campaign promising moderate industrial relations policies

and then implementing the most radical and divisive industrial

relations laws in Australia".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 32

Abetz Alston Baume Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chapman Crane Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Herron Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon McGauran Minchin Newman O'Chee Panizza (Teller) Parer Patterson Reid Short Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson

NOES, 28

Beahan Bolkus Burns (Teller) Carr Chamarette Childs Coates Collins, Bob Collins, Jacinta Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devereux Evans, Christopher Faulkner Forshaw McKiernan McMullan Margetts Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Schacht Sherry West Wheelwright

Question agreed to.