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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans)-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.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Page 5, paragraph 15 (b), proposed new sub-section 39 (4), lines 2 to 7, leave out the proposed sub-section, insert the following sub-section: '' ' (4) Nothing in this Act shall prevent a person, not being a minister of religion, who is authorized under sub-section (2) to solemnize marriages, from contracting with the parties to an intended marriage for the payment, for the solemnization of that marriage by that person, of a fee that exceeds the fee prescribed by regulations made under section 120 that is applicable to the solemnization of that marriage by that person.'.''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Committee divided-

AYES, 31

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Collard Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Messner Missen Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Scott Sheil Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 39

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Macklin Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

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 Gareth Evans the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.