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

Debate resumed.

Question--put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Baume) moved--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Walsh moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate rejects the Budget strategy because--

(a) it deliberately reduces the rate of economic growth;

(b) it increases unemployment;

(c) it adds substantially to the rate of inflation;

(d) it relies on a massive private capital inflow;

(e) it fails to tackle the real causes of rising interest rates; and (g) it increases the burden of taxation to the highest level in our history, and, in addition, deplores the Government's callous disregard of the millions of Australians living in poverty and its continued attempt to reduce the living standards of the great majority of Australians''.

Debate ensued.

Personal Explanation : Senator Harradine, by leave, made a personal explanation relating to a matter raised in debate this day.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided--

AYES, 27

Senator-- Senator-- Bolkus Jones Button McClelland Childs Macklin Coates Mason Coleman Mulvihill Colston Primmer Elstob Ray, Robert Evans Ryan Foreman Sibraa Gietzelt Siddons Giles Tate Haines Walsh Harradine Teller: Hearn Robertson

NOES, 25

Senator-- Senator-- Baume Martyr Bjelke-Petersen Messner Bonner Missen Carrick Rae, Peter Chaney Scott Crichton-Browne Teague Guilfoyle, Thomas Dame Margaret Walters Hamer Watson Hill Withers Kilgariff Young Lajovic Lewis Teller: Martin Collard

Amendment agreed to accordingly.

Main Question, as amended--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner)--That consideration of the Bill in Committee of the Whole be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.