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

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate expresses its deep concern at the Government's failure to support and defend the independence and the integrity of the office of Director of Public Prosecutions against political and public attacks against the Director calculated to bring the Director, the office he holds and the administration of justice into disrepute''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 30

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

NOES, 28

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Coates Coleman Colston Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Giles Grimes Jones McClelland McKiernan Maguire Ray Reynolds Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Main Question, as amended-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 and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.