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SOCIAL SECURITY AND REPATRIATION (ABOLITION OF ASSETS TEST) BILL 1985 [NO. 2]

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Messner-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Haines moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''the Senate, recognising that agreement by the Senate to a Bill to repeal the assets test will not assist farmers, because it will not change the Act in any way, nevertheless condemns the Labor Government for its failure to act quickly to alleviate the hardship caused to the rural community by the administration of the assets test, and opposes the return to an inequitable income-only means test as proposed by the Liberal-National Party Opposition''.

Debate continued.

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

Senator Messner moved an amendment to the words proposed to be inserted by Senator Haines' amendment, viz: Leave out the words proposed to be inserted, insert ''the Senate, recognising that agreement by the Senate and the House of Representatives to a Bill to repeal the assets test will assist farmers, and others, who saved towards the provision for their own futures, condemns the Labor Government for its failure to act quickly to alleviate the hardship caused to the rural community, widows, and those in aged persons accommodation by the administration of the assets test, and supports the return to an equitable retirement income system which supports self-provision and does not promote dependency on governments during retirement''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Messner's amendment to Senator Haines' amendment) be left out-put and negatived.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted (Senator Haines' amendment) be inserted-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 6

Senators- Chipp Evans, Jack Haines Macklin (Teller) Mason Vigor

NOES, 58

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume Bolkus Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hill Jones Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Missen Parer Primmer Puplick Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Scott Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

The President drew attention to the fact that all that was left of Senator Messner's motion was the word ''That'' which, by itself, was not acceptable as a motion.