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REFERENDUM (CONSTITUTION ALTERATION) AMENDMENT BILL 1983

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

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of proposed new clause 28A, as amended, and of the amendment moved thereto by Senator Lewis, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''2: PARLIAMENTARY TERMS: To extend the maximum life of Parliaments from 3 to 4 years'' (wherever occurring), insert ''2: PARLIAMENTARY TERMS: To extend the maximum terms of members of the House of Representatives from 3 to 4 years and of Senators from 6 to 8 years''. (See Journals pp 558-563).

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Lewis' amendment)-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 25

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff (Teller) Lajovic Lewis Martin Messner Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson

NOES, 32

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

Amendment to the proposed amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Missen, by leave, moved an amendment to the Attorney-General's (Senator Gareth Evans) proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''To extend the maximum life of Parliaments from 3 to 4 years'' (wherever occurring), insert ''To extend the maximum duration of the House of Representatives and the terms of service of senators''.

Debate ensued.

Amendment to the proposed amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Senator Harradine, by leave, moved an amendment to Senator Gareth Evans' proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''To extend the maximum life of Parliaments from 3 to 4 years'' (wherever occurring), insert ''To extend the maximum life of the House of Representatives from 3 to 4 years and to extend the maximum terms of service of senators from 6 to 8 years''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Harradine's amendment)-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 25

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff (Teller) Lajovic Lewis Martin Messner Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson

NOES, 32

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

Amendment to the proposed amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Missen, by leave, moved an amendment to Senator Gareth Evans' proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''To extend the maximum life of Parliaments from 3 to 4 years'' (wherever occurring), insert ''To extend the maximum duration of the House of Representatives and the terms of service of senators''.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Missen's amendment)-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 26

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff (Teller) Lajovic Lewis Martin Messner Missen Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson

NOES, 32

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

Amendment to the proposed amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Walters moved an amendment to Senator Gareth Evans' proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''To enable the Commonwealth and States to refer powers to each other by mutual agreement'' (wherever occurring), insert ''To enable the Commonwealth and States unilaterally to refer powers to each other''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Walters' amendment)-put and negatived.

Amendment to the proposed amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Gareth Evans, by leave, moved an amendment to his proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''to refer powers to each other by mutual agreement'' (wherever occurring), insert ''voluntarily to refer powers to each other''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Gareth Evans' amendment)-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Amendment to the proposed amendment, as amended, agreed to accordingly.

Senator Walters moved an amendment to Senator Gareth Evans' proposed amendment, as amended, viz: Proposed Forms 1, 2 and 3, leave out ''To enable the Commonwealth, the States and the Northern Territory more easily to obtain from the High Court its views on certain constitutional questions'' (wherever occurring), insert ''To give power to the Commonwealth, State and Northern Territory Governments to seek advice from the High Court as to the full extent of their powers under the Constitution''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Haines) resumed the Chair; and Senator Hamer reported that the Committee had considered the Bill, made progress and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered-That the Committee have leave to sit again at a later hour of the day.