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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Durack advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ""The need to strengthen Australia's alliance with the United States through an effective ANZUS Treaty and the maintenance of joint defence facilities''.

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

Senator Durack thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

And the debate having reached the limit of 2 hours allowed by Standing Order 64, the business of the day was called on.

Proposed suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Durack moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Question for the matter of urgency being put forthwith.


The Senate divided-

AYES, 38

Senators- Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Jessop Kilgariff (Teller) Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Reid Sanders Sheil Short Siddons Teague Townley Vallentine Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 29

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Coates Colston Cook Cooney Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Jones McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Morris Ray, Robert Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

The President announced the result of the Division and stated that, there not being an absolute majority of the whole number of Senators in favour of the motion, as required by Standing Order 448, the motion was not carried.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) sought leave to give a Notice of Motion.

Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Committee Reports was called on.