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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

No. 32.

THURSDAY, 18th SEPTEMBER, 1958.

1. Meeting 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. Q uestion.—A question on notice was answered.

4. Papers.—The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute— Gold-Mining Industry Assistance Act—Fourth Annual Statement by the Minister concerning the operation of the Act, and payment of subsidy, for year 1957-58. Public Service Act—Appointment—Department of Primary Industry—K. A. Doyle.

5. C ivil A viation (D amage by A ircraft) Bill 1958.—The Minister for Shipping and Transport and Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Paltridge), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to approve Ratification by Australia of the Rome Convention on Damage caused by Foreign Aircraft to third Parties on the Surface, to give effect to that Convention, and to make provision with respect to the Liabilities of certain Operators of Aircraft in respect of damage on the Surface to which that Convention does not apply. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Paltridge read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders.—Senator Paltridge, 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 Paltridge 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.

6. R ailway Standardization (N ew South W ales and Victoria) A greement Bill 1958.—The Minister for Shipping and Transport and Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Paltridge), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to approve an Agreement between the ' Commonwealth and the States of New South Wales and Victoria in relation to the Standardization

of a Railway between Sydney and Melbourne. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Paltridge read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders.—Senator Paltridge, 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 Paltridge moved—That the Bill be 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 Day for the next day of sitting.

7. Precedence to G overnment Business.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council and Attorney-General (Senator O’Sullivan) moved—That Government Business take precedence of General Business after eight p.m. this sitting. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. ,

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8. States G rants (Special F inancial A ssistance) 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. 68.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ A Bill for an Act to grant and apply out o f the Consolidated Revenue Fund sums for the purpose o f Financial Assistance to the States ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

J. M cLeay,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Canberra, 17th September, 1958.

Suspension o f Standing Orders.—The Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner), 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 Spooner the Bill was read a first time. Senator Spooner 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.

9. E xcise 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 Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

10. Coal I ndustry 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, 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.

11. Superannuation 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 Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time,

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12. D efence F orces Retirement Benefits 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 Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

13. Appropriation Bill 1958-59.—The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee.

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to. Ordered—That clauses 3, 4 and 5 and the First Schedule be postponed till after consideration of the Second Schedule.

Ordered—That the Votes in the Second Schedule be considered in the following order:— Parliament, £1,082,000 (page 6). Prime Minister's Department, £2,931,000 (page 9). Miscellaneous Services—Prime Minister’s Department, £3,481,000 (page 96). Department of External Affairs, £2,376,000 (page 14).

Miscellaneous Services— Department of External Affairs, £1,667,600 (page 98). International Development and Relief, £4,984,000 (page 98). Defence Services—Other Services—

Economic Assistance to support defence programme of South-East Asia Treaty Organization member countries, £600,000 (page 93). Attorney-General’s Department, £1,835,000 (page 27). Miscellaneous Services—Attorney-General’s Department, £21,800 (page 99). Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, £6,075,000 (page 76).

Miscellaneous Services—C.S.I.R.O., £129,000 (page 103). Department of Defence, £1,088,000 (page 79). War and Repatriation Services, £78,995,000 (page 106). Department of National Development, £1,517,000 (page 73).

Miscellaneous Services—Department of National Development, £834,200 (page 103). Australian Atomic Energy Commission, £1,574,000 (page 78). . Department of the Treasury, £10,516,000 (page 24). Miscellaneous Services—Department of the Treasury, £432,700 (page 98).

Refunds of Revenue, £25,000,000 (page 103). Advance to the Treasurer, £16,000,000 (page 103). Department of Works, £3,374,000 (page 37). Department of Trade, £1,848,000 (page 48).

Miscellaneous Services—Department of Trade, £527,000 (page 100). Department of Social Services, £3,253,000 (page 60). Miscellaneous Services—Department of Social Services, £1,435,000 (page 101). Department of Labour and National Service, £2,161,000 (page 71). Administration of National Service Act, £160,000 (page-93); Department of the Army, £63,512,000 (page 85).

Recruiting Campaign, £330,000 (page 93). Department of Health, £1,712,000 (page 45). . . Miscellaneous Services—Department of Health, £1,263,000 (page 100). Payments to or for the States, £1,750,000 (page 144).

Department of Civil Aviation, £11,389,000 (page 40). Department of Air, £59,302,000 (page 88). Department of Supply, £21,757,000 (page 90). Department of Shipping and Transport, £1,189,000 (page 62).

Miscellaneous Services—Department of Shipping and Transport, £1,973,000 (page 101). Construction of Jetty for handling of Explosives, £550,000 (page 94). Commonwealth Railways, £3,993,000 (page 114). . Department of Primary Industry, £1,593,000 (page 57).

Miscellaneous Services—Department of Primary Industry, £736,000 (page 101). Bounties and Subsidies, £13,500,000 (page 104). ‘ Department of Territories, £293,000 (page 64). Northern Territory, £4,938,000 (page 134).

Norfolk Island, £31,000 (page 134). Papua and New Guinea, £12,136,000 (page 134). Cocos (Keeling) Islands, £33,000 (page 134),

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Department of Customs and Excise, £4,230,000 (page 43). Miscellaneous Services—Department of Customs and Excise, £27,700 (page 100). Department of the Interior, £4,993,000 (page 32). Miscellaneous Services—Department of the Interior, £417,000 (page 99). Defence Services—Other Services—

Civil Defence, £300,000 (page 93). Postmaster-General’s Department, £98,067,000 (page 116). Broadcasting and Television Services, £8,475,000 (page 131). Australian Capital Territory, £3,559,000 (page 134). Department of Immigration, £2,008,000 (page 66).

Miscellaneous Services—Department of Immigration, £9,615,000 (page 102). Department of the Navy, £42,401,000 (page 82).

Parliament, £1,082,000—vote debated, and agreed to. Prime Minister’s Department, £2,931,000—vote agreed to. Miscellaneous Services—Prime Minister’s Department, £3,481,000^vote debated, and agreed to. Department of External Affairs, £2,376,000—vote debated, and agreed to.

Miscellaneous Services— Department of External Affairs, £1,667,600—vote agreed to. International Development and Relief, £4,984,000—vote agreed to. Defence Services—Other Services—

Economic Assistance to support defence programme of South-East Asia Treaty Organization member countries, £600,000—vote agreed to. Attorney-General’s Department, £1,835,000—vote agreed to. Miscellaneous Services—Attorney-General’s Department, £21,800—vote agreed to. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, £6,075,000—vote debated, and agreed to.

Miscellaneous Services—Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, £129,000 —vote agreed to. Department of Defence, £1,088,000—vote debated, and agreed to. War and Repatriation Services, £78,995,000—vote agreed to.

Department of National Development, £1,517,000—vote agreed to. Miscellaneous Services—Department of National Development, £834,200-^vote agreed to. Australian Atomic Energy Commission, £1,574,000—vote debated, and agreed to. Department of the Treasury, £10,516,000—vote debated and agreed to.

Miscellaneous Services—Department of the Treasury, £432,700—vote agreed to. Refunds of Revenue, £25,000,000—vote agreed to. Advance to the Treasurer, £16,000,000—vote agreed to. Department of Works, £3,374,000—vote agreed to. Department of Trade, £l,848,000^-vote debated. Division No. 86, £137,000, postponed. Remainder of vote—Department of Trade, £1,848,000—further debated, and agreed to.

Miscellaneous Services—Department of Trade, £527,000—vote debated, and agreed to. Department of Social Services, £3,253,000—vote debated.

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. Which Question was negatived.

Department of Social Services, £3,253,000—vote further debated, and agreed to. Miscellaneous Services—Department of Social Services, £1,435,000—vote debated, and agreed to. Department of Labour and National Service, £2,161,000—vote agreed to. Administration of National Service Act, £160,000—vote agreed to. Department of the Army, £63,512,000—vote debated, and agreed to. Recruiting Campaign, £330,000—vote debated. To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Reid) reported that the Committee had considered the Bill and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again on the next day of sitting.

14. Adjournment.—The Senate adjourned at twenty minutes past eleven p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m.

15. Attendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Amour, Cooper (on leave), Gorton, Grant and Wright. .

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

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