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SJ No 2 - 13 March 1968



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1968

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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 2

WEDNESDAY, 13 MARCH 1968

1 M eeting of Senate: The Senate met at three p.m., pursuant to adjournment. The President (Senator the Honourable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.

2 PRAYERS.

3 P etitions : The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) presented a petition signed by two members of the Old Peoples Welfare Council of New South Wales, praying that people who have contributed to Superannuation funds be entitled to receive the benefits of the Pensioner Medical Scheme and other concessions although their incomes may exceed those of pensioners. Petition received and read. Senator McClelland presented a petition signed by 354 citizens of New South Wales,

praying that action be taken to alleviate the plight of banana growers, subsidise the cost of production of bananas and establish an all-Party Senate Select Committee to inquire into costs of production, marketing arrangements, retail prices and potential export markets of bananas. Petition received and read.

4 Q uestions.

5 Statement of Lieutenant-Commander C abban— R eport of R oyal Commissioners— Pa per: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Report of Royal Commissioners on the Statement of Lieutenant-Commander

Cabban and matters incidental thereto. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Paper. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator

Murphy have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

6 Pa per: The following Paper was presented, pursuant to Statute:

Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Ports Ordinance 1967, together with statement of reasons by the Minister for withholding assent, dated 28 February 1968.

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7 P ublic W orks Committee—R eports: Senator Prowse brought up the following Reports from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works: Proposed erection of a Technical Testing and Laboratory Centre at Garden Island, New South Wales.

Proposed rebuilding of the Melville Rehabilitation Centre, Western Australia. Proposed erection of an Avionics Workshop at the Naval Air Station, H.M.A.S. Albatross, at Nowra, New South Wales.

Senator Prowse, by leave, made a statement in connection with each Report.

8 A ustralian Capital T erritory—Joint Committee—R epo r t: Senator Wood brought up the following Report from the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Terri­ tory: Report on Australian Capital Territory Freehold Lands Inquiry. Senator Cotton moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Report. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator

Cotton have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

9 P ayment to C aptain R. J. R obertson— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement concerning an act of grace payment which the Government had decided to make to Captain R. J. Robertson, consequent upon the findings of the Royal Commissioners on the Statement of

Lieutenant-Commander Cabban and matters incidental thereto. The Minister for Works (Senator Wright) moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Statement. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting.

10 R eview of D eath Penalty in the A ustralian C apital T erritory and the N orthern . T erritory— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Works (Senator Wright), by leave, made a statement concerning decisions the Government had taken in relation to the death penalty in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Senator Cavanagh moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Statement. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Cavanagh have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

11 D ays of M eeting: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That the days of meeting of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week; and that the hour of meeting, unless otherwise ordered, be three o’clock in the afternoon of Tuesday and Wednesday, and eleven

o’clock in the forenoon of Thursday. Question—put and passed.

12 Suspension of Sittin g s: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That, during the present Session, unless otherwise ordered, the sittings of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole Senate, be suspended from 12.45 p.m. until 2.15 p.m., and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Question—put and passed.

13 A djournment of Senate: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That, during the present Session, unless otherwise ordered, at 10.30 p.m. on days upon which proceedings of the Senate are not being broadcast, and at 11 p.m. on days when such proceedings are being broadcast, the President shall put the

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Question—That the Senate do now adjourn—which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question—That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn—which Question shall be open to debate; provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to until the result of such Division has been declared; and if the Business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjourn­

ment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

Question—put and passed.

14 Suspension of Standing O rders—Re-appointment of Senate Select C ommittees: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the moving of motions forthwith for the re-appointment of the Senate Select Committees on the Container

Method of Handling Cargoes, the Metric System of Weights and Measures, and Off­ shore Petroleum Resources.

Question—put and passed.

15 Container M ethod of H andling C argoes—Select Committee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved— (1) That the Committee known as the Select Committee on the Container Method of Handling Cargoes, constituted by resolutions of the Senate passed on 5 April

and 11 April 1967, be re-constituted, with the same functions and powers. (2) That the Committee consist of Senator Cormack (Chairman) and Senators Bishop, Branson, Bull, Cavanagh, Gair, Lillico and Wheeldon. (3) That the Committee have power to consider the Minutes of Evidence and Records

of the Select Committee on the Container Method of Handling Cargoes ap­ pointed in the previous Session. (4) That the Committee report to the Senate on or before 30 June 1968. (5) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Question—put and passed.

16 M etric System of W eights and M easures—Select Committee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved— (1) That the Committee known as the Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures, constituted by resolutions of the Senate passed on 5

April and 11 April 1967, be re-constituted, with the same functions and powers. (2) That the Committee consist of Senator Laught (Chairman) and Senators Benn, Sir Walter Cooper, Drury, McManus, Marriott, Poyser and Sim. (3) That the Committee have power to consider the Minutes of Evidence and Records

of the Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures ap­ pointed in the previous Session. (4) That the Committee report to the Senate on or before 30 June 1968. (5) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained! n the

Standing Orders.

Question—put and passed.

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17 O ff-shore P etroleum R esources—Select C ommittee: The M inister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved— (1) That the Committee known as the Select Committee on Off-shore Petroleum Resources, constituted by resolutions of the Senate passed on 8 November 1967,

be re-constituted, with the same functions and powers. (2) That the Committee consist of Senators Cant, Cotton, Gair, Greenwood, Heatley, Keefle, O’Byrne and Webster. (3) That the Committee have power to consider the Minutes of Evidence and

Records of the Select Committee on Off-shore Petroleum Resources appointed in the previous Session. 1

(4) That the Committee report to the Senate as soon as possible. (5) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Question—put and passed.

18 Constitution A lteration (D emocratic E lection of State Parliaments) Bill 1968: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution so as to require that the Members of the Houses of Parliament of the States shall be chosen directly and democratically by the people of the States. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Murphy read a first time, and the second

reading made an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

19 P ostponements: Ordered, on the motion of Senator Wood—That Notice of Motion No. 1, Business of the Senate, be postponed until Thursday, 4 April 1968. Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)—That Notice of Motion No. 2, Government Business, be postponed till the next day of sitting.

20 G overnor-G eneral’s O pening Speech—A ddress-in-R eply : Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Governor-General’s Opening Speech. ■ Senator Laucke moved—That the following Address-in-Reply be agreed to:

To His Excellency the Governor-General M ay it please Your E xcellency—

We, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our most Gracious Sovereign, and to thank Your Excellency for the Speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament. Senator Lawrie seconded the motion. Debate ensued.

And it being 11 p.m.—

21 Adjournment : The President under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at half-past eleven p.m. till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

22 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Breen, Cohen (on leave), McKenna and Dame Annabelle Rankin. J. R. Odgers, Clerk of the Senate

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