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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 Ryan moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill should provide for- (a) increased benefits for the wives of totally and permanently incapacitated veterans; and

(b) an immediate independent judicial inquiry into the effect on Vietnam veterans of their exposure to herbicides and pesticides''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 26

Senators- Button Childs Chipp Coates Colston Elstob Foreman Gietzelt Giles Haines Hearn Jones Keeffe McClelland McIntosh McLaren Macklin Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Robertson Ryan Siddons Tate Walsh Teller: Senator Sibraa

NOES, 25

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bonner Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martyr Messner Missen Reid Scott Thomas Walters Watson Withers Young Teller: Senator Kilgariff

Amendment agreed to accordingly.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

And it being half-past six p.m.-