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SJ No 6 - 21 March 1968



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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 6

THURSDAY, 21 MARCH 1968

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

2 PRAYERS.

3 Q uestions.

4 P apers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Regulations—1968— No. 3 (Cemeteries Ordinance). No. 4 (Fisheries Ordinance).

Public Works Committee Act—Thirtieth General Report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.

5 D eath P enalty A bolition 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 abolish Capital Punishment under the Laws of the Commonwealth. 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.

6 G overnment and G eneral B usiness—P recedence: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That, on all sitting days of the Senate during the present Session, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of all other business on the Notice Paper, except Questions and Formal

Motions, and except that General Business take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays, after eight p.m.; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Orders of the Day take precedence of General Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out

“and except that General Business take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays, after eight p.m.; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Orders of the Day take precedence of General Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays” ,

insert “and except that General Business take precedence of Government Business and any motion for Adjournment to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64 on Tuesdays, after eight p.m.; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Orders of the Day take precedence of General Notices of Motion on alternate

Tuesdays” . Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put.

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The Senate divided— A y e s , 2 4 N o e s , 2 3

S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r —

B is h o p M u r p h y A n d e r s o n M c M u llin , S ir

C a n t N ic h o lls B r a n s o n A lis te r

D i t t m e r P o k e C o o p e r , S ir M a r r i o t t

D r u r y R id le y W a l t e r P r o w s e

F i t z g e r a l d T a n g n e y Q o r m a c k R a n k i n , D a m e

G a i r T o o h e y D a v id s o n A n n a b e ll e

H e n d r i c k s o n T u r n b u l l D r a k e - B r o c k m a n S c o tt

K e e ffe W h e d d o n G r e e n w o o d S im

K c n n e ll y W ilk in s o n H e a tl e y W e b s te r

L a c e y W ille s e e H e n ty W e d g w o o d , D a m e

M c C l e l l a n d L a u c k e Iv y

M c M a n u s T e lle r : L a u g h t W r ig h t

M u lv ih ill S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L a w r ie T e lle r :

M c K e l l a r S e n a t o r C o t t o n

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Main Question, as amended—put and passed.

7 G overnor-G eneral’s O pening Speech—A ddress-in-R eply: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Laucke—That the following Address- in-Reply be agreed to:

To His Excellency the Governor-General M ay it P lease Your Excellency— 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. Debate resumed. 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.

8 A djournment: The Senate adjourned at twenty-three minutes to five p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m.

9 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Breen, Cavanagh, Cohen (on leave), Devitt, McKenna, Mattner and Sir Kenneth Morris.

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

12585/68 By A uthority: A. J. Arthur, C om m onw ealth G overnm ent P rinter, C anberra