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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

No. TO.

THURSDAY, 27th MARCH, 1958.

1. Meeting of SENATE.-^The Senate met at eleven a.m., pursuant to adjournm ent.—The :Pfesident (Senator the Honorable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.

2. PRAYERS.

3. Q uestion's.—Q uestions on notice were answered.

4. Papers.—=Thefollowing Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute— Public" Service Act—Appointments—Department of Works—J. C. Copley, P. Duffield, Μ. T. Ebdon, J. E. Hazzard, K. M. Lethlean, A. H. Lumley, J: E. Mills, H. C. Murphy, B. D. Robertson, M. Satins, R. J. M. Webb. River Murray Waters A ct-A nnual Report of the Rivet Murray Commission, together with

statements of gaugings and diversions, for year 1956-57. ServiceS;Trust Funds Act—Tenth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund, for year 1956-57.

5. River Murray F lood Problem—R eport of R iver M urray C ommission—Paper.—The Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner), by Command of His Excellency the GovernOr-CSetieral, laid upon the Table the following Papet— River Murray Commission—Report on River Murray flood"problems— and, by leave, made a statement relating thereto. r

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin moved—That the Report be printed! On the motion of Senator Kennelly the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next-dayof sitting.

6. N avigation B ill 1958.—The Minister for Shipping and Transport (Senator Paltridge), pursuant-to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Navigation-Aot 1912-1956, and for other purposes. Question—put and passed. " "

Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Paltridge read a first time. Suspension Of Standing Orders.—Senator Paltridge, pursuant to'contingent notice, moved—That So much of theiStanding Orders be suspendedias would prevent the Bill beingipassed through its reihaihirig stages without' delay. Question—put-and passed. Senator Paltridge moved—That the Bill b'e now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Kennelly the'debate was adjourned. Ordered—That: the resumption of the'debate be an Order of the D ayfor the next day of sitting;

7. D iplomatic I mmunities B ill 1958.— Massage from 'the House o f Representatives.—The following .Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— Mr.. P resident, Message N o. 22.

The'House of Representatives' transmits 'to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an·’ Act to amend the * Diplomatic Immunities AvrlV52 ' ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the-Senatb:

J. McLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker,

Canberra, 26th_March, 1958,

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Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan), pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through all its stages without delay. Question—put and passed. On the motion of Senator O ’Sullivan the Bill was read a first time. Senator O’Sullivan moved—That the Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator McKenna the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.

8. Atomic E nergy Bill 1958.— Message from the House o f Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. President, Message No. 23.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Atomic Energy Act 1953 ’ ” , and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment. J. McLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 26th March, 1958.

9. R eserve Bank Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 30.

Senator— Senator— Senator—

Anderson. Pearson. Amour.

Buttfield. Reid. Armstrong.

Cooper. Robertson. Arnold.

Gorton. Scott. Ashley.

Hannaford. Seward. Aylett.

Hannan. Spooner. Benn.

Henty. Vincent. Brown.

Kendall. Wade. Byrne.

Laught. Wardlaw. Cameron.

McCallum. Wedgwood. Cole.

McMullin, Sir Wood. Cooke.

Alister. Wordsworth. Courtice.

Maher. Wright. Critchley.

Marriott. Fraser.

Mattner. Teller: Grant.

O’Sullivan. Senator Dame Annabelle Harris.

Paltridge. Rankin.

The Ayes and the Noes being equal, and so it was negatived.

Noes, 30.

Senator— Hendrickson. Kennelly. McKenna.

McManus. Nicholls. O’Byrne. Poke. Ryan. Sandford. Sheehan. Tangney. Toohey. Willesee.

Teller:

Senator O’Flaherty.

10. Commonwealth Banks Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question— That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put. .

The Senate divided—

Ayes, 30. Noes, 30.

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Anderson. Pearson. Amour. Hendrickson.

Buttfield. Reid. Armstrong. Kennelly.

Cooper. Robertson. Arnold. McKenna.

Gorton. Scott. Ashley. McManus.

Hannaford. Seward. Aylett. Nicholls.

Hannan. Spooner. Benn. O’Byrne.

Henty. Vincent. Brown. Poke.

Kendall. Wade. Byrne. Ryan.

Laught. Wardlaw. Cameron. Sandford.

McCallum. Wedgwood. Cole. Sheehan.

McMullin, Sir Wood. Cooke. Tangney.

Alister. Wordsworth. Courtice. Toohey.

Maher. Marriott.

Wright. Critchley.

Fraser.

Willesee.

Mattner. Teller: Grant.

Teller:

O’Sullivan. Paltridge.

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin. Harris. Senator O’Flaherty

The Ayes and the Noes being equal, and so it was negatived.

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11. B anking B ill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 30. Noes, 30.

Senator— Anderson. Buttfield. Cooper. Gorton. Hannaford. Hannan.

Henty. Kendall. Laught.

McCallum. McMullin, Sir Alister. Maher.

Marriott. Mattner. O’Sullivan. Paltridge.

Senator— Pearson. Reid. Robertson. Scott. Seward.

Spooner. Vincent. Wade. Wardlaw. Wedgwood. Wood. Wordsworth. Wright.

Teller:

Senator— Amour. Armstrong. Arnold.

Ashley. Aylett. Benn.

Brown. Byrne. Cameron. Cole. Cooke. Courtice. Critchley. Fraser. Grant. Harris. Senator Dame Annabelle

Rankin.

The Ayes and the Noes being equal, and so it was negatived,

Senator— Hendrickson. Kennelly. McKenna.

McManus. Nicholls. O’Byme. Poke.

Ryan. Sandford. Sheehan. Tangney. Toohey. Willesee.

Teller:

Senator O’Flaherty.

12. Banking (T ransitional P rovisions) B ill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 30. Noes, 30.

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Anderson. Pearson. Amour. Hendrickson.

Buttfield. Reid. Armstrong. Kennelly.

Cooper. Robertson. Arnold. McKenna.

Gorton. Scott. Ashley. McManus.

Hannaford. Seward. Aylett. Nicholls.

Hannan. Spooner. Benn. O’Byme.

Henty. Vincent. Brown. Poke.

Kendall. Wade. Byrne. Ryan.

Laught. Wardlaw. Cameron. Sandford.

McCallum. Wedgwood. Cole. Sheehan.

McMullin, Sir Wood. Cooke. Tangney.

Alister. Wordsworth. Courtice. Toohey.

Maher. Marriott.

Wright. Critchley.

Fraser.

Willesee.

Mattner. Teller: Grant. Teller:

O’Sullivan. Paltridge.

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin. Harris. Senator O’Flaherty.

The Ayes and the Noes being equal, and so it was negatived.

13. A u d it B ill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

14. Commonwealth Employees’ F urlough Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

15. C rimes B ill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. .

Question—put and negatived.

16. G old-M ining Industry A ssistance Bill (N o. 2) 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

17. Income T ax and Social Services Contribution Assessment Bill (N o. 2) 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time, Question—put and negatived,

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18. N ational D ebt Sinking F und Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

19. N orthern Territory (Lessees’ Loans G uarantee) Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

20. O fficers' R ights D eclaration B ill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

21. R e-establishment and Employment Bill 1957.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put and negatived.

22. Sales T ax-(Exemptions and Classifications) Bill (N o. 2) 1957.—Order of the Day read for'the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Question—put: and negatived.

23. D iplomatic Immunities Bill 1958.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question— That the Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. 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, and agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

24. F oreign Affairs—Joint Committee.—Message from the House of Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read;— M r.. P resident, Message No. 24.

The- House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day;— (1) That Mr. Downer be discharged from attendance on the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and that his place be filled by Mr. Chaney.

(2) That Mr. Graham be a member of the Committee in the place of Mr. Chaney.

J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 27th March, 1958.

25. Stevedoring Industry Charge Bill 1958.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed.

And General Business taking precedence o f Government Business after 8 p.m.— 26. Postponement.—Ordered—That General Business be postponed until after, the further consideration of Government Business.

27. D eath of Mr. J. E. E dwards, Former C lerk of the Senate.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan), by leave, made a statement informing the Senate of the death this day of the former Clerk of the Senate, Mr. J. E. Edwards. Senator O’Sullivan referred to Mr. Edwards’ valuable service to the Parliament, and asked the President to tender to Mr. Edwards’

widow and son the sympathy of the Senate in their bereavement. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator McKenna), the Minister for Repatriation (Senator Cooper), Senator Cole and Senator Byrne, by leave, also made statements. The President expressed his deep regret, and stated that he would convey to Mr. Edwards’ widow and

son the sympathy of the Senate.

And consideration o f Government Business being resumed— 28. Stevedoring Industry C harge Bill 1958.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the 'Question—That the Bill be n; . read a second time. Debate resumed.

Question—put.

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The Senate divided— Ayes, 41.

Senator— Benn. Brown. Byrne.

Cole. Cooke. Cooper. Courtice. Critchley. Gorton. Grant. Hannaford. Hannan. Harris. Henty. KendaU. Kennelly. Laught.

McCallum. McKenna. McManus. McMullin, Sir

Alister. Maher.

Senator— !

Marriott. Mattner. O’Byrne. O’Flaherty. O’Sullivan. Paltridge. Pearson. Poke.

Reid. Robertson.· Ryan. Scott. Spooner. Toohey. Vincent. Wade.

. Willesee.

Wordsworth.

Teller:

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin.

Noes, 4;

Senator— Seward: Wardlaw. Wood.

Teller:

Senator Wright.

And so it was resolved in .the affirmative. 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 requests.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

29. Stevedoring I ndustry Charge A ssessment Bill 1958.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the 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, and agreed to, after debate. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

30. Printing Committee—F irst R eport.—Senator Hannaford brought up the following Report from the Printing Committee:— Report

The Printing Committee has the honour to report that it has met in Conference with the Printing Committee of the House of Representatives. The Joint Committee, having considered the Petition and Papers presented to Parliament since the last meeting of the Committee, and other Papers, motions for the printing of which lapsed with the close of the Session in February last, recommends that the following be printed:—

Atomic Energy Act—Australian Atomic Energy Commission—Fifth Annual Report and financial accounts, together with the Auditor-General’s Report, for year 1956-57. Economic Survey—1957 and Beyond. Northern Territory—Report for year 1955-56. Repatriation Act—Repatriation Commission—Report for year 1956-57.

27th March, 1958.

Report read by Senator Hannaford. Senator Hannaford moved, by leave—That the Report be adopted. Question—put and passed. ..............

D . C. H annaford.

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31. Papers.—The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute— Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Regulations—1958— . No. 1 (Prisons Ordinance). No. 2 (Licensing Ordinance).

32. L ife Insurance B ill 1958.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That the 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, and agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

33. N ext M eeting of the Senate.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan) moved—That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Wednesday, 16th April, at three p.m., unless sooner called together by the President by telegram or letter. Question—put and passed.

34. Adjournment.—The Senate adjourned at two minutes to ten p.m. till Wednesday, 16th April, at three p.m., unless sooner called together by the President by telegram or letter.

35. Attendance.—Present, all the Members.

R. H. C. LOOP, Clerk o f the Senate.

By Authority: A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra.