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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Giles advising that this day she intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ""The need for all Party leaders and other parliamentarians in the Australian Parliament to condemn apartheid, and to endorse and support the action taken by the Australian Government against the oppressive South African regime''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion-

Senator Durack, pursuant to Standing Order 130, requested the President to divide the Question.

Ruling of President: The President ruled that, as Standing Order 64 provides that a proposed Matter of Urgency may not be amended, he would not accede to the request, as this could, in effect, amount to an opportunity for amendment. Further, the fact that any Question might contain more than one part does not necessarily make it a complicated Question for the purpose of Standing Order 130.

Leave refused: Senator Durack sought leave to move an amendment to the proposed matter of urgency.

Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Suspension of Standing Order 64: Senator Durack moved-That so much of Standing Order 64 be suspended as would prevent Senator Durack moving an amendment to the proposed matter of urgency.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Giles thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Senator Durack, pursuant to the suspension of Standing Order 64, agreed to this day, moved an amendment to the proposed matter of urgency, viz: Leave out all words after ""apartheid''.

Debate continued.

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

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

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 29

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

NOES, 38

Senators- Aulich Black Button Childs Coates Colston Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Morris Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov And so it was negatived. Question-That the motion be agreed to-put accordingly and passed.

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