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SJ No 9 - 28 March 1968



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1968

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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 9 THURSDAY, 28 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: Questions on notice were answered. 4 Papers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute:

Explosives Act—Explosives Regulations—Orders directing the berthing of vessels (3). 5 Balloons Seeking G amma-R ay Sources— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement announcing that three huge

balloons would be launched at Mildura, New South Wales, in April to enable a team of American scientists to study potential celestial gamma-ray sources. 6 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 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. Debate resumed. Question—put and passed. Ordered—That the Address-in-Reply be presented to His Excellency the Governor-

General by the President and such Senators as may desire to accompany him. The President informed the Senate that he had ascertained that His Excellency would be pleased to receive the Address-in-Reply at Government House on Thursday, 4 April, at four-thirty p.m. He invited Senators to accompany him on the occasion. 7 P etroleum (Submerged L ands) Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned

debate on the Question—That this 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

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to. Clause 4 read— Senator O’Byrne moved an amendment, viz.: Leave out the clause, insert the following clause:

“4. Section 146 of the Principal Act is amended— (a) by omitting from paragraph (a) of sub-section (2.) the figures ‘43’ and inserting in their stead the figures ‘44’; and

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(b) by adding at the end thereof the following sub-section: ‘(11.) This section shall continue in force for a period of twelve months from the date of its commencement and no longer.’.”. Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put. The Committee divided—

Ayes, 22 Noes, 25

S e n a to r— S e n a to r— S e n a to r— S e n a to r—

B ish o p M u rp h y A n d e rs o n M o r r is , S ir

C a v a n a g h O rm o n d e B ra n s o n K e n n e th

D e v itt P o y se r B u ll P ro w se

D ittm e r R id ley C o r m a c k R a n k in , D a m e

D r u ry T an g n e y D r a k e -B ro c k m a n A n n a b e lle

F itz g e ra ld T o o h e y G a ir S c o tt

H e n d ric k so n W h e e ld o n G re e n w o o d Sim

K eeffe W ilk in so n H e a tle y W e b ste r

K e n n e lly W iU esee L a u c k e W e d g w o o d , D a m e

L acey L a u g h t Ivy

M c C le lla n d Teller: L illi c o W o o d

M u lv ih ill S e n a to r O ’B y m e M c K e U a r W rig h t

M c M a n u s M c M u llin , S ir A liste r Teller:

M a rr io tt S e n a to r C o tto n

Amendment negatived accordingly. Clause 4 agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake- Brockman) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time. 8 A djournment: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That the Senate

do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Motion, by leave, withdrawn. 9 Postponement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That Order of

the Day No. 3, Government Business, be postponed until after the consideration of Order of the Day No. 4. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. 10 P rincipal Seat of H igh C ourt of A ustralia—M inisterial Statement: Order of

the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for Works (Senator Wright)—That the Senate take note of the Statement. Debate resumed. Question—put and passed. 11 A djournment: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That the Senate

do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. The Senate adjourned at four minutes to ten p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m. 12 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Breen, Cant, Cohen (on leave),

Henty, McKenna and Mattner.

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

12585/68 By Authority: A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra