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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

No. 21.

THURSDAY, 15th MAY, 1958.

1. M eeting of Senate.—The Senate met at eleven a.m., pursuant to adjournment.—The President (Senator the Honorable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.

2. PRAYERS.

3. Questions.—Questions on notice were answered.

4. Papers.—The following Paper was presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General— Canberra—Observations on future development—Report by Sir William Holford. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute— Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1958—

No. 3—Appropriation (No. 2) 1957-58. No. 6—Personal Tax. No. 7—Administration Contracts.

No. 8—Malaria Control. No. 9—Supreme Court. Public Service Act—Appointment—Department of Works—G. R. Aboody. Seat of Government (Administration) Act— Ordinances—1958—

No. 8—Apprenticeship. No. 9—Leases. Regulations—1958—No. 6 (Stock Diseases Ordinance). Taxation Acts—Thirty-sixth Report of the Commissioner of Taxation, dated 1st June, 1957, together with Statistical Appendices. .

5. Joint Committee of P ublic A ccounts—R eport.—Senator Wedgwood brought up the following Report from the Joint Committee of Public Accounts:— Thirty-ninth Report—Project 590—St. Mary’s Filling Factory. Ordered to be printed.

6. Equal P ay for the Sexes—M inisterial Statement—Paper.—The Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner), by leave, inade a statement relating to the question of equal pay for the sexes. Senator Spooner then, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General, laid upon the Table the following Paper:— ยท

Equal Pay for the Sexes—Statement by the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Holt), 15th May, 1958. Senator McKenna moved—That the Paper be prmted. On the motion of Senator Spooner the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

7. Precedence to G overnment Business.—Ordered—That Government Business take precedence of General Business after eight p.m. this sitting.

8. Customs T ariff Bill (N o. 2) 1958.—Message from the House o f Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. P resident, Message No. 52.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Customs Tariff 1933-1957 ’, as amended by the ‘ Customs Tariff 1958 ’, and for purposes connected therewith ” , and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment.

J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 14th May, 1958.

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9. Customs T ariff (Primage D uties) 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. 53.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Customs Tariff (Primage Duties) 1934-1950 and for purposes connected therewith ” , and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment.

J. McLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 14th May, 1958.

10. Postponement.—Ordered—That Order of the Day No. 5, Government Business, be postponed until after the consideration of Order of the Day No. 6.

11. A ppropriation Bill (N o. 2) 1957-58.—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 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.

12. A ppropriation (Works and Services) Bill (No. 2) 1957-58.—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.

13. Supply Bill 1958-59.—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 requests.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Wood) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Anderson) 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.

14. Supply (Works and Services) Bill 1958-59.—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 Acting Deputy-President (Senator Wood) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Anderson) 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. . . . . ........... . ..

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15. Conciliation and A rbitration 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.

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together, and agreed to. Clause 4 debated and agreed to. Clauses 5 to 40, by leave, taken together, and agreed to, after debate. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Pearson) 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.

16. Printing Committee—Second R eport.—Senator Hannaford brought up the following Report from the Printing Committee:— R eport.

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 Petitions and Papers presented to Parliament since it last reported, and a Paper, the motion for the printing of which lapsed with the close of the Session in February last, recommends that the following be printed:—

Australian Economy, 1958. Canberra—Observations on future development by Sir William Holford. Cocos (Keeling) Islands—Report for period 23rd November, 1955, to 30th June, 1957. Committee on Australian Universities—Report—September, 1957.

Nauru—Report to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Administration of Nauru for year 1956-57. New Guinea—Report to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Administration of New Guinea for year 1956-57. Papua—Report for year 1956-57.

D. C. H annaford.

15th May, 1958.

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

17. Petroleum Search Subsidy Bill 1958.—Message from the House o f Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. P resident, Message No. 54.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Petroleum Search Subsidy Act 1957’ ”, and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment. ' "" '

. J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, ’ ' Speaker:

Canberra, 15th May, 1958.

18. Snowy Mountains H ydro-electric Power 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. 55.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act 1949-1956 ’ ”, and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment. J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 15th May, 1958.

19. Paper.—The following Paper was presented, pursuant to Statute— Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Regulations—1958—No. 3 (Crown Lands Ordinance).

20. Postponement.—Ordered—That intervening Business be postponed until after the consideration of General Business, Notice of Motion No. 3,

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21. Payments to Maritime U nions—Select Committee.—Senator Wright, pursuant to notice, moved— (1) That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon— (a) the payments made in recent years, either directly or indirectly, by or on behalf of shipowners or others to or for maritime unions or others in respect of the manning of

ships newly brought from other countries to Australia, or newly disposed of from Australia to other countries; (b) whether any such payments were in fact made, and if so, by and to whom, in what circumstances, and upon what terms and conditions; (c) whether any such payments are contrary to or consistent with proper industrial principles

or Federal law; (d) whether any Federal law relating thereto requires amendment; and (e) any matter incidental to the foregoing. (2) That the Committee consist of seven Senators to be appointed in a subsequent resolution. (3) That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to move from place to

place, to sit in open court or in private, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken. (4) That the Committee have power to sit during any adjournment or recess of the Parliament.

(5) That the Committee report to the Senate on or before 30th November, 1958. Debate ensued. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 27. Noes, 10.

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Anderson. Paltridge. Brown. Poke.

Cole. Pearson. Cameron. Tangney.

Cooper. Reid. Critchley. Toohey.

Gorton. Robertson. McKenna.

Teller: Hannaford. Spooner. Nicholls.

Hannan. Henty. Kendall. Laught. McCallum. McMullin, Sir

Alister. Maher. Marriott. Mattner.

Wade. Wardlaw. Wedgwood. Wood. Wordsworth. Wright.

Teller:

Senator Dame Annabelle

O’Byrne. Senator O’Flaherty.

O’Sullivan. Rankin.

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Senator Wright moved—That the Committee consist of Senators Hannan, McManus, Vincent, Wood and Wright, and two Senators nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate on or before the 31st May, 1958; and in default of such nomination, two Senators nominated by the Leader of the

Government in the Senate. Question—put and passed.

22. Leave of Absence to all Senators during A djournment.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan) moved, by leave—That leave of absence be granted to every Member of the Senate from the termination of the sitting this day to the day on which the Senate next meets. Question—put and passed.

23. 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 a day and hour to be fixed by the President, which time of meeting shall be notified to each Senator by telegram or letter. Question—put and passed.

24. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at twelve minutes past six p.m. till a day and hour to be fixed by the President, which time of meeting shall be notified to each Senator by telegram or letter.

25. Attendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Armstrong, Arnold, Aylett, Byrne, Cooke, Fraser (on leave), Grant, Hendrickson, Kennelly, McManus, Sandford, Scott, Seward (on leave), Sheehan and Vincent.

R. H. C. LOOF, Clerk o f the Senate. x

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