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The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), pursuant to Notice of Motion not objected to as a Formal Motion, moved-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Judiciary Act 1903.

Question-put and passed.

Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Gareth Evans read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Gareth Evans, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Durack the debate was adjourned.

Senator Gareth Evans moved-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.

Debate ensued.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Leave out ''a later hour of the day'', insert ''the next day of sitting''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 27

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

NOES, 33

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

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Debate continued.

Main Question-put and passed.