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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

1968

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o . 13

TUESDAY, 30 APRIL 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 D istinguished Visitors: The President drew attention to the presence in the gallery of members of a delegation from the Sabah Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, led by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Dato Haji Mohd. Kassim bin Haji Hashim, P.D.K., and including the Minister for Health, Mr Wong Lok Khiam, A.D.K., and on behalf of honourable Senators extended to them a cordial welcome.

4 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

5 Papers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Commonwealth Banks Act—· Appointment—D. H. Harrison. Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 51.

Defence Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos 49, 50. Explosives Act—Explosives Regulations— Order directing the berthing of a vessel. International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Act—Regulations—

Statutory Rules 1968, No. 54. Lands Acquisition Act—Land, etc., acquired for Post Office purposes— District of Kanyaka, South Australia. Staverton, Tasmania.

Walcha, New South Wales. Norfolk Island Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 53. Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 3—Companies.

No. 5—Food and Drugs. No. 6—Housing. No. 7—Local Government. No. 8—Stamp. No. 9—Wildlife Conservation and Control. No. 12—Petroleum (Prospecting and Mining). Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1968—

No. 8—Retirement Benefits (Contract Officers) 1967. No. 9—Superannuation (Papua and New Guinea) 1967. No. 10—Superannuation (Papua and New Guinea) (No. 2) 1967. No. 11—Superannuation (Papua and New Guinea) (No. 3) 1967. No. 12—Superannuation (Pensions Increases) 1967. Post and Telegraph Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 52.

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Public Service Act— Appointment—Prime Minister’s Department—W. G. N. Orr. Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos 47, 55.

Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968— No. 19—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). No. 20—Hospital Employees’ Federation of Australia. No. 21—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 22—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). No. 23—Professional Radio Employees’ Institute of Australasia. No. 25—C.P.S. Artisans’ Association; and Association of Architects, Engineers,

Surveyors and Draughtsmen of Australia. No. 26—Professional Radio Employees’ Institute of Australasia. No. 28—Civil Air Operations Officers’ Association of Australia. Seat of Government (Administration) Act—Ordinances—1968—

No. 6—Trading Hours. No. 7—Police Pensions. No. 8—Trustee Companies. Superannuation Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 48.

6 P ublic Works C ommittee—R eport: Senator Dittmer brought up the following Report from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works: Proposed extensions to Commonwealth Offices, Brisbane. Senator Dittmer, by leave, made a statement in connection with the Report.

7 M inisterial A rrangements: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, informed the Senate that, during the absence of Mr McEwen who was leading the Australian delegation to the International Sugar Conference in Geneva, Mr Sinclair would act as Minister for Trade and Industry, and during the absence of Mr Bowen who was leading the Australian delegation to the International Conference on Human Rights at Teheran, Mr Snedden would act as Attorney-General.

8 A ntarctica—M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to the Australian Antarctic Territory, and an­ nounced the transfer of the Antarctic Division from the Department of External Affairs to the Department of Supply. Senator Cotton 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

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

9 P lacing of Business : Ordered, That the following Order of the Day be discharged from General Business: Statement of Lieutenant Commander Cabban—R eport of R oyal Commis­ sioners—Pa per: Adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Murphy—That

the Senate take note of the Paper— and be combined, as an Order of the Day to take note of the Papers, with Government Business, Order of the Day No. 3, viz.: P ayment to C aptain R. J. R obertson—M inisterial Statement: Adjourned

debate on the motion by the Minister for Works (Senator Wright)—That the Senate take note of the Statement.

10 A ddress-in-R eply to the G overnor-G eneral’s O pening Speech: The President reported to the Senate that, accompanied by honourable Senators, he had on 4 April 1968 waited upon the Governor-General and had presented to him the Address-in­ Reply to the speech of His Excellency on the occasion of the Opening of the Second Session of the Twenty-sixth Parliament, agreed to on 28 March 1968, and that His Excellency had been pleased to make the following reply:

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Government House, Canberra, 4 April 1968

M r President, Thank you for your Address-in-Reply, which you have just presented to me. It will be my pleasure and my duty to convey to Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen at once the Message of Loyalty from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia, to which the Address gives expression.

Casey, Governor-General

The President informed the Senate that he had subsequently received the following message from His Excellency the Governor-General in connection with the Address- in-Reply. Government House,

Canberra, 24 April 1968

M r President, I have to inform you that the substance of the Address-in-Reply which you presented to me on the 4 April 1968, has been communicated to Her Majesty The Queen.

It is Her Majesty’s wish that I express to you and Honourable Senators her warm thanks for the loyal message to which your Address gives expression.

Casey, G o vemor-General

11 N ew South W ales G rant (F lood M itigation) Bill 1968—Governor-General's Message : The following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General was presented by the President: C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 2

A Proposed Law intituled "New South Wales Grant (Flood Mitigation) Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Common­ wealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Law. Government House, Canberra, 16 April 1968 12 A ir Pollution— Select C ommittee: The President announced that he had received

letters from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate appointing Senators Lacey and Ormonde, and from the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party appointing Senator Gair, members of the Select Committee on Air Pollution.

13 M edical and H ospital C osts—Select C ommittee: The President announced that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate appointing Senators Dittmer and McClelland members of the Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs.

14 P rivy Council (L imitation of A ppeals) Bill 1968—Message Jrom the House oj Repre­ sentatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 3

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to limit the matters in which Special Leave o f Appeal jrom the High Court oj Australia to Her Majesty in Council may be asked and to exclude appeals to Her Majesty in Council Jrom other Federal Courts and Jrom the Supreme Courts o f the

Territories oj the Commonwealth", in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 4 April 1968 Speaker

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Suspension oj Standing Orders: The Minister for Works (Senator Wright), 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 Wright the Bill was read a first time.

Senator Wright moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Cohen the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

15 I nternational A ffairs— M inisterial Statement, M arch 1968—Papers: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)—That the Senate take note of the Papers—And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator McManus—At end of motion add “ , but the Senate expresses concern at the deterioration of Australia’s defence position occasioned by—

(1) Britain’s impending withdrawal from east of Suez; (2) increasing United States of America opposition to military commitments in Asia and our area; (3) China’s development of long-range atomic weapons, and, accordingly, calls on the Government for action to improve our defences under a four year plan for—

(1) significant increases in the strength of our armed forces generally; (2) a naval programme, including an aircraft carrier; (3) initial steps to development of our aircraft industry; and (4) in default of a satisfactory treaty for world nuclear disarmament, acquisition

by Australia of its own nuclear deterrent”. Debate resumed.

And General Business taking precedence o) Government Business ajter eight p.m.—

16 Australian C apital T erritory—J oint C ommittee—R eport: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Cotton—That the Senate take note of the Report. (Australian Capital Territory Freehold Lands Inquiry) Debate resumed. Question—put and passed.

17 Postponement: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That further consideration of General Business be postponed until after consideration of Government Business.

18 Income T ax (International A greements) Bill 1968—Message from the House oj Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: Mr President, Message No. 5

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘Income Tax (International Agreements) Act 1953-1967’ ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 30 April 1968 Speaker

Suspension oj Standing Orders: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), 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.

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Question—put and passed. On the motion of Senator Anderson the Bill was read a first time. Senator Anderson moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Willesee the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for die next day

of sitting.

19 Income T ax Assessment Bill 1968—Message from the House oj Representatives·. The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r P resident, Message No. 6

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Law relating to Income Tax”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 30 April 1968 Speaker

Suspension oj Standing Orders: The Minister for Supply (Senator Andersen), 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 Anderson the Bill was read a first time. Senator Anderson moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Willesee the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

20 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 eight minutes to eleven p.m. till to-morrow at three p.m.

21 Attendance : Present, all the Members except Senators Breen, Cormack and Prowse.

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

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