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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

No. 24.

TUESDAY, 19th AUGUST, 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.

2. PRAYERS.

3. Vacancy in the Representation of Western Australian- C hoice of Senator T homas Charles D rake-Brockman.—The President informed the Senate that he had received, through His Excellency the Governor-General, the Certificate of the Lieutenant-Governor and Administrator of Western Australia of the choice by the Parliament of that State of Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman to hold

the place in the Senate rendered vacant by the death of Senator the Honorable Harrie Stephen Seward. The Certificate was laid on the Table, and read by the Clerk, as follows:—

Government House, Perth. 14th August, 1958.

Sir,

I have the honour to inform you that at a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament of the State of Western Australia, held at Perth on the twelfth day of August, 1958, the Members of such Houses sitting and voting together, in pursuance of Section 15 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, did choose Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman, farmer of Yericoin, to hold the place vacated by Harrie Stephen Seward.

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedient humble servant, J. P. DWYER, Lieutenant-Governor and Administrator.

His Excellency, The Governor-General of Australia, Government House,

Canberra, A.C.T.

New Senator Sworn.—Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman, Senator for the State of Western Australia, was then introduced and made and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance at the Table, pursuant to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

4. QuESTioNS.-rr-Questions on notice were answered.

5. Papers.—The President presented the following Paper, pursuant to Statute— Audit Act—Finance—Treasurer’s Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for year 1957-58, accompanied by the Report of the Auditor-General. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute—

Customs Tariff—Customs (Intermediate Tariff)—Order No. 4. Customs Tariff (Primage Duties)—Order No. 2. Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act—Ninth Annual Report of the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Board, for year 1956-57.

Lands Acquisition Act—Land acquired for— Postal purposes— Bonalbo, New South Wales. Four Mile Creek, New South Wales.

Injune, Queensland. Kingston-on-Murray, South Australia. Landervale, New South Wales. Spreyton, Tasmania. Tregeagle, New South Wales. Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority pqrppses—Adaminaby, New South Wales.

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Norfolk Island Act—Ordinances—1958—No. 6—Child Welfare Agreement. Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1958— No. 23—Supply (No. 1) 1958-59. No. 25—Public Health (New Guinea).

No. 26—Health (Papua). No. 27—Port Charges. No. 28—Treasury. No. 30—Poisons and Dangerous Substances. Public Service Act—Appointments—Department—

Health—L. F. Dodson. Interior—R. L. Gray. National Development—J. R. Beevers, M. Kirton. Postmaster-General’s—H. J. Gregory.

Repatriation—P. J. Webster. Supply—A. K. Smithson. Works—J. Kepski, S. L. Poole. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1958— No. 110—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. I l l —Amalgamated Engineering Union. No. 112—North Australian Workers’ Union. No. 113—Association of Officers of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organization. No. 114—Association of Assistants of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Re-establishment and Employment Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1958, No. 51. Seat of Government (Administration) Act—

Conservation of Soil Ordinance—Annual Report of Soil Conservation Council for years 1955-56 and 1956-57. Ordinance—1958—No. 13—Medical Practitioners Registration. Trade Commissioners Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1958, No. 52.

6. Joint Committee of P ublic A ccounts—R eport.—Senator Wedgwood brought up the following Report from the Joint Committee of Public Accounts:— Fortieth Report—The Finance Statement; and Minutes of Evidence. Ordered—That the Report be printed.

7. Leave of A bsence.—Senator McKenna moved, by leave—That Senator Critchley be granted leave of absence for one month on account of ill-health. Question—put and passed.

8. P ostponement.—Ordered—That Orders of the Day Nos. 1 and 2, Government Business, be postponed until after the consideration of Order of the Day No. 3. -

9. T rade M arks 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 Deputy-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.

10. Customs T ariff Bill (N o. 3) 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. 57.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act relating to Duties o f Customs ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. J. M cLeay, House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 13th August, 1958.

Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty), 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 Henty the Bill was read a first time. Senator Henty 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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11. Customs T ariff (Canadian Preference) 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. 58.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Customs Tariff {Canadian Preference) 1934-1956 as amended by the ‘ Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1958 ’ ” , in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 13th August, 1958.

Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty), 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 Henty the Bill was read a first time. Senator Henty 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.

12. Customs T ariff (N ew Zealand P reference) Bill (N o. 2) 1958.—Message from the House Oj Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. P resident, Message No. 59.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Customs Tariff {New Zealand Preference) 1933-1957 ’, as amended by the ‘ Customs Tariff {New Zealand Preference) 1958 ’ ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, Canberra, 13th August, 1958.

Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty), 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 Henty the Bill was read a first time. Senator Henty 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.

13. C ustoms T ariff (Papua and N ew G uinea P reference) Bill 1958.—Message from the House Oj Representatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. P resident, Message No. 60.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Customs Tariff {Papua and New Guinea Preference) 1936-1957 ’ ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. J. McLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 13th August, 1958.

Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty), 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 Henty the Bill was read a first time. Senator Henty 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.

14. M iddle East Situation—M inisterial Statement—P aper.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan), viz.—That the Paper be printed. Debate resumed.

J. M cLeay, Speaker.

Point o f Order.—Senator O’Byme, having objected to certain words used by Senator Vincent, asked for a withdrawal. Ruling o f the Acting Deputy-President.—The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Pearson) ruled that the words objected to were not offensive. Dissent from Ruling.—And Senator Benn having objected, in writing, to the ruling of the Acting Deputy-

President, moved—That the ruling be dissented from.

Senator McKenna moved—That the question of dissent requires immediate determination. Question—put.

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The Senate divided—

Ayes, 21. Noes, 22.

Senator— Senator-— Senator— Senator—

Amour. McManus. Anderson. Reid.

Arnold. Nicholls. Buttfield. Scott.

Aylett. O’Byrne. Drake-Brockman. Spooner.

Benn. Ormonde. Gorton. Vincent.

Brown. Poke. Hannaford. Wade.

Byrne. Sandford. Hannan. Wardlaw.

Cameron. Toohey. Henty. Wood.

Cooke. Willesee. Kendall. Wordsworth.

Courtice. McCallum.

Hendrickson. Teller: Marriott. Teller:

Kennelly. Mattner.

McKenna. Senator O’Flaherty. O’Sullivan. Senator Dame Ann

Pearson. Rankin.

And so it was negatived. Debate on objection to ruling forthwith adjourned to the next sitting day.

Debate continued. Senator Byrne addressing the Chair—

And it being 10.30 p.m .—

15. Adjournment.—The Deputy President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at half-past ten p.m. till to-morrow at three p.m.

16. Attendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Armstrong, Cooper, Critchley (on leave), Fraser (on leave), Grant, Harris (on leave), Laught (on leave), Maher, Paltridge, Robertson, Ryan, Sheehan, Tangney and Wright.

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

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