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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-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 Messner moved an amendment, viz: Page 3, after clause 4, insert the following new clause: ''4A. (1) In this section, 'agreement' means an agreement or a further agreement of the kind referred to in section 4 between the Commonwealth and any State or States entered into after the commencement of this Act.

''(2) An agreement shall be such that guidelines of the kind referred to in sub-clause 8 (2) of the form of agreement contained in the Schedule shall be required under the agreement.

''(3) Section 48 (except paragraphs (1) (a) and (b) and sub-section (2)) and section 49 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply to guidelines approved under an agreement as if the references in those sections to regulations were references to guidelines and the references to the making of regulations were references to the approval of guidelines.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the proposed new clause be inserted in the Bill-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 28

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

NOES, 35

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

And so it was negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of Senator Grimes the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.