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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

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 2, clause 3, at end of proposed new section 6aaa, add the following new sub-sections:

""(2) Where a person to whom sub-section (1) applies-

(a) is not an Australian citizen; and

(b) is of an age not less than 18 years and not more than 40 years,

and that person applies for an entry permit, an entry permit shall be granted to that person.

""(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, an entry permit granted under sub-section (2) may be granted subject to conditions.

""(4) Sub-section (2) does not affect-

(a) any requirement, other than the grant of an entry permit, relating to entry into Australia; or

(b) any right relating to entry into Australia or Australian citizenship existing apart from that sub-section.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 25

Senators- Alston Archer Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Knowles Lewis MacGibbon Messner Newman Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Sheil Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 31

Senators- Aulich Black Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Maguire Mason Ray Reynolds Richardson Ryan Sanders Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.