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SJ No 13 - 29 April 1958

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No. 13.

TUESDAY, 29th APRIL, 1958.

1. Meeting of Senate.—The Senate met at three p.m., pursuant to adjournment.—The President (Senator the Honorable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.


3. Service and Execution of Process Bill 1958—Governor-General's Message.—The following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General was presented, and the same was read by the President— W. J. SLIM, Governor-General. Message No. 3.

A Proposed Law intituled “ Service and Execution o f Process Act 1958 ” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name and on behalf of Her Majesty, assented to the said Law.

Government House, Canberra, 23rd April, 1958.

4. Questions.—Questions on notice were answered.

5. Papers.—The following Papers were presented, pursuant to S ta tu te -Commonwealth Bank Act—Appointments—J. E. Lane, J. W. Maynes. Lands Acquisition Act—Land, &c., acquired for— Department of Civil Aviation purposes—Western Junction, Tasmania.

Postal purposes—Jervois, South Australia. Life Insurance Act—Twelfth Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner, for 1957. Naval Defence Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1958, No. 25. Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—

1 9 5 7 -No. 31—Customs Tariff. No. 37—Customs (Shell Export) Tariff. No. 38—Customs (Export) Ordinances Repeal. 1958—

No. 1—Industrial Safety (Temporary Provisions) 1957. No. 2—Housing Loans 1957. Public Service Act—Appointments—Department— Civil Aviation—W. M. Foster, K. S. Reid, J. Smilgevicius.

Defence Production—P. S. Kirman. Health—D. R. Biggs, R. M. Peel. Shipping and Transport—D. Bedford. Works—R. H. Battersby, S. M. de Waldorf Kubiczek, A. M. Griggs, M. J. Lonergan,

J. W. Newman, J. V. Russell, F. U. Seidel.

6. Joint Committee of P ublic A ccounts—T hirty-sixth R eport—Paper.—Senator Wedgwood brought up the following Report from the Joint Committee of Public Accounts:— Thirty-sixth Report—Northern Territory Administration—Part 1 — and moved—That the Paper be printed. On the motion of Senator McKenna the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

7. States G rants (Additional A ssistance) Bill 1958.—The Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner), according to Order, 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 the next day of sitting.


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8. N avigation 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. - ...........................................

The Senate divided— ·

Ayes', 32. ' Noes, 23.

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Anderson. O’Sullivan. Amour. McKenna.

Buttfield. Paltridge. Armstrong. Nicholls.

Byrne. Pearson. Ashley. O’Byrne.

Cole. Reid. Benn. Poke.

Cooper. Robertson. Brown. Ryan.

Gorton. Scott. Cameron. Sandford.

Hannaford. Spooner. Cooke. Sheehan.

Hannan. Vincent. Courtice. Toohey.

Henty. Wade. Critchley. Willesee.

Kendall. Wardlaw. Grant.

Taught. Wedgwood. Harris. Teller:

McCallum. Wood. Hendrickson.

McManus. Wordsworth. Kennelly. Senator O’Flaherty.

McMullin, Sir Wright.

Alister. Maher.


Marriott. Senator Dame Annabelle

Mattner. Rankin.

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.

- . Clause 1 debated and agreed to. Clause 2 debated and agreed to. Clause 3 debated and agreed to. .

Clause 4 debated and agreed to. Clause 5 debated and agreed to. Clause 6 agreed to. Clause 7 debated— ...........

Senator McKenna moved an amendment, viz.—Page 8, lines 19 to 21, leave out paragraph (a) of proposed section 6c., insert the following paragraph:— “ (a) an officer is incompetent if he is inefficient in the performance of any of his duties as an officer; and ”. Debate continued. : . :

Proposed section 6c. postponed. Clause 7. further considered. Senator McKenna moved a further amendment, viz.—Page 9, lines 6 to 25, leave out sub-sections (2.) and (3.) of proposed section 6e. . .

Debate continued.

And it being 10.30 p.m.—The Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid), under Sessional Order, put the Question—That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate. · Question—resolved in the affirmative. . .

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees reported accordingly.

9. Adjournment.—The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Question—resolved in the affirmative. "

The Senate adjourned at twenty-nine minutes to eleven p.m. till to-morrow at three p.m.

10. Attendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Arnold, Aylett, Fraser, Seward and Tangney.

< ■ ' ............................... R. H. C. LOOP,

Clerk oj the Senate.

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