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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Lewis advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ''The need for the Government to provide leadership on economic policy and to act effectively against industrial disruption despite its obligations to the trade union movement''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion- Senator Lewis thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Closure: Senator Messner moved-That the Question be now put.

Question-That the Question be now put-put and passed.

Question-That the motion be agreed to-put accordingly.

The Senate divided

AYES, 34

Senators- Archer Baume Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chipp Collard Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Knowles Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Rae, Peter Reid Scott Sheil (Teller) Short Teague Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 30

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Giles Grimes Harradine Hearn Jones Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Papers was called on.