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ELECTORAL AND REFERENDUM AMENDMENT BILL 1984

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

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of clause 5, and of the amendments moved thereto by Senator Macklin, viz:

Page 2, paragraph (a), line 6, leave out ''sub-section (2)'', insert ''from sub-section (2) 'print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or' ''.

Page 2, paragraphs (b) and (c), lines 7 to 11, leave out the paragraphs.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 4

Senators- Evans, Jack Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason

NOES, 48

Senators- Archer Baume Bolkus Boswell Button Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Coates Coleman Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Crowley Durack Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Gietzelt Giles Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hearn Hill Jones Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh Maguire Messner Missen Primmer Rae, Peter Ray, Robert Reid Richardson Robertson Ryan Scott Sibraa Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers Zakharov Amendments negatived accordingly. Clause 5 agreed to. Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, debated and agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) moved-That the Report of the Committee be adopted.

On the motion of Senator Jack Evans the following amendment was agreed to: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that election results in the 1984 Federal Election should not be broadcast or telecast in any State or Territory by broadcasters in that State or Territory until polls are closed in that State or Territory''.

Main Question, as amended, agreed to.

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the Bill was read a third time.