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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ""The imperative need for the Government to deliver its promised personal income tax cuts from 1 September 1986 to encourage the men and women of Australia to work, save and invest so that the cost of production will be reduced and national productivity increased as the only effective means to national economic recovery.''.

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

Senator Chaney thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Suspension of Standing Order 64 to permit an amendment: The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Chipp moving an amendment to the motion.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Chipp thereupon moved an amendment to the motion, viz: Leave out ""from 1 September 1986'' in the statement of the matter of urgency, insert ""as soon as is fiscally prudent, but no later than 1 December 1986,''.

Debate continued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 35

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Haines Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) McKiernan Macklin Maguire Morris Ray Reynolds Robertson Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Zakharov

NOES, 29

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

Motion, as amended, agreed to accordingly.

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