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URGENCY MOTION

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 inadequacy of the Prime Minister's undertaking to make administrative changes to the fringe benefits tax and the need for its repeal lock, stock and barrel''.

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

Senator Chaney thereupon moved the motion.

Debate continued.

Proposed suspension of Standing Order 64 to permit an amendment: The Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh), at the request of the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) and pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Button moving an amendment to the motion.

Debate ensued.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 35

Senators- Aulich Black Childs Coates Coleman Cook Cooney Crowley Elstob Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Jones McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Morris Ray Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

NOES, 27

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Senator Siddons, at the request of Senator Haines, thereupon moved an amendment to the motion, viz: Leave out all words after ""tax'' in the statement of the matter of urgency.

Debate continued.

Suspension of Standing Order 64 to extend speaking time: Senator Coates moved-That so much of Standing Order 64 be suspended as would prevent Senator Coates speaking for a further 4 minutes.

Question-put and passed.

Debate continued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Siddons' amendment)-put and negatived.

Main Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 28

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

NOES, 37

Senators- Aulich Black Childs Coates Coleman Cook Cooney Crowley Elstob Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Jones (Teller) McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Morris Powell Ray Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

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