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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan)-That these Bills be now read a second time-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Baume, viz: At end of motion, add '', but, in relation to the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1984 (No. 2), the Senate- (a) is of the opinion that the Bill does not deal adequately with the serious problems faced by the long term sick and elderly caused by the Medicare 35 day rule; and

(b) calls on the Government to withdraw the 35 day rule until proper arrangements have been made to care for patients affected by the rule''.

Debate resumed.

Leave refused: Senator Walters sought leave to make a statement.

Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Personal Explanation: Senator Walters, by leave, made a personal explanation relating to matters raised during debate.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 26

Senators- Archer Baume Boswell Carrick, Sir John Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Kilgariff Lajovic MacGibbon Macklin Mason Missen Rae, Peter Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 22

Senators- Childs Coates Coleman Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Richardson Sibraa Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Main Question, as amended, agreed to.

Bills read a second time.

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

In the Committee

Bills, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bills to be reported without amendment.

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

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