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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

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 and debated.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Page 10, clause 22, proposed new section 158N, paragraph (1) (b), lines 31 and 32, leave out the paragraph, insert the following paragraph: ''(b) of the members who record formal votes on those ballot papers- (i) more than two thirds vote in favour of the amalgamation, in a case to which sub-paragraph (1) (a) (i) applies; or

(ii) more than one half vote in favour of the amalgamation, in a case to which sub-paragraph (1) (a) (ii) applies.''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Committee divided-

AYES, 23

Senators- Archer Baume Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Hamer Harradine Hill Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Messner Missen Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 30

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn McClelland McIntosh Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Robertson (Teller) Ryan



Amendment negatived accordingly.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of Senator Button the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.