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SALARIES AND WAGES PAUSE BILL 1982

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

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''the Bill be withdrawn pending the convening by the Government early in the new year, of a national summit conference of Federal and State Governments, the trade union movement and employers, at which- (a) the full dimensions of the economic crisis confronting Australia can be fully exposed and analysed;

(b) the elements of an equitable, consistent and coherent alternative strategy to meet the immediate and short-term problems can be defined and agreed on a basis of consensus including: (i) moderation of wage and non-wage incomes,

(ii) prices surveillance and the limitation of government charges,

(iii) demand generation and job-creation programs,

(iv) manpower planning, including immigration levels; and

(v) the employment effect of current levels of protection; and

(c) any legislative and administrative measures needed to implement a strategy of this kind can be determined''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 23

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

NOES, 31

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

Amendment negatived accordingly.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate declares that to restrict wages only is an inadequate response to the present economic emergency, that the Government should take action to achieve reductions in prices and government charges for a similar period across a broad range of goods and services, by- (a) freezing Commonwealth Government charges and taxes, including sales tax, stamp duties, telephone and postal charges;

(b) re-establishing the Prices Justification Tribunal and charging it with the specific task of preventing profiteering and containing costs of the necessities of life;

(c) requesting all professional and trade bodies to freeze the fees their members charge, and enforcing this course by administrative or legislative action where this is feasible; and

(d) not implementing any increase in the world parity prices for Australian produced petroleum products unless the additional revenue so gained is returned to the community in the form of increased family allowances, pensions and benefits,

and that the Government should take urgent and comprehensive measures to stimulate the economy, restrict imports, and call a national conference to begin a process of long term co-operative indicative planning''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 4

Senators- Chipp Mason Siddons Teller: Senator Macklin

NOES, 51

Senators- Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bolkus Bonner Button Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Coates Coleman Colston Crichton-Browne Elstob Evans Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Jones Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McLaren Martyr Messner Missen Mulvihill Primmer Rae, Peter Ray, Robert Reid Ryan Scott Sibraa Tate Teague Thomas Townley Walters Watson Withers Young Teller: Senator Robertson

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 30

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

NOES, 24

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, debated and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.