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SJ No 28 - 27 August 1958

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No. 28.


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


3. Q uestions.—Questions on notice were answered.

4. Papers.—The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute— Social Services Act—Seventeenth Annual Report of the Director-General of Social Services, for year 1957-58. Ordered to be printed.

Naval Defence Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1958, No. 55. Seat of Government (Administration) Act—Regulations—1958—Nos. 9 and 10 (Court of Petty Sessions Ordinance). Spirits Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1958, No. 56.

5. Leave of Absence.—Senator McKenna moved, by leave—That Senator Grant be granted leave of absence for one month on account of ill-health. Question—put and passed.

6. E xcise Bill 1958.—The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Hcnty) moved, by leave—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Excise Act 1901-1957, and for other purposes. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Henty read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders.—Senator Henty, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much

of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed. 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.

7. Estimates and Budget Papers 1958-59.—Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner), viz.—That the Papers be printed— And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Kennedy, viz.—At end of motion add the following words, viz.—“ but that the Senate is of opinion that their provisions inflict grave injustices on the States and on many sections of the Australian people—especially the family unit, and that they make no contribution to correcting seriously adverse trends in the Australian economy ” . Debate resumed. Senator Scott addressing the Chair—

And it being 11 p.m .—

8. A djournment.—The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at eleven p.m. till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

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

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

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

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