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SJ No 18 - 09 May 1968

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TH U R SD A Y , 9 M AY 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.


3 D isorder—Suspension of Senator: Senator Benn, having asked a question without notice, which was disallowed by the President and declared to be offensive, and having refused to Withdraw the question when called upon, was named by the President. And upon Senator Benn leaving the Chamber— The President directed the Deputy Usher of the Black Rod to bring Senator Benn back

to the Chamber. Senator Benn having returned to the Cham ber^ The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) called upon Senator Benn, in accordance

with Standing Order 440, to make such explanation or apology as he may think fit. And Senator Benn still refusing to withdraw the question or apologise— Senator Anderson moved—That Senator Benn be suspended from the sitting of the

Senate. Question—put and passed. .

Senator Benn thereupon withdrew from the Chamber.

4 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

5 Papers : The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Customs Act and Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 57. Public Service Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 56.

6 J apanese M otor C ars—M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), by leave, made a statement announcing the results of the investigation carried out by his Department, and of discussions held with Japanese car manu­ facturers and representatives of the Japanese Government, in connection with

allegations that certain motor vehicles were being exported from Japan at dumped prices.

7 Q ueensland GKaNt (M araboon D aM) Bill 1968—Message from 'the House o f Repre­ sentatives: The following Message from the House Of Representatives was received atid lead: Mr P resident, Message No. 26

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to grant Financial Assistance to the State o f Queensland in connexion with the Construction o f a Dam on the Nogoa River near Emerald in that State”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House Of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 8 May 1968 Speaker

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Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), 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 Scott the Bill was read a first time.

Senator Scott moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Keeffe the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting. 8 Post and T elegraph Bill (N o. 2) 1968: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame

Annabelle Rankin), according to Order, 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.

9 D efence— M inisterial Statement—P a per: 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 Paper. Debate resumed. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator

Davidson have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate. 10 O ffensive W o rds: The President referred to the Question asked by Senator Benn and his subsequent suspension from the sitting of the Senate this day. The Question was offensive and without basis in fact. The President was concerned that such Questions,

even though disallowed and therefore not appearing in Hansard, would almost certainly be referred to in broadcasts and appear in the press. In the circumstances there could well be times when the dignity and standards of Parliamentary debate demanded greater disciplinary action than usual. The President stated that, should the circumstances arise again, he may feel bound to refer the matter of further action to the judgment of the Senate, in whom finally rested the responsibility of protecting Senators and upholding the high traditions of Parliament. 11 P rinting C ommittee—F irst Report : Senator Davidson brought up the following

Report from the Printing Committee:

F irst R eport

The Printing Committee has the honour to report that it has met in Conference with the Printing Committee of the House of Representatives. The Joint Committee, having considered the Petitions and Papers presented to Parliament since the last meeting of the Committee, recommends that the following be printed:

Australian Presiding Officers and Clerks-at-the-Table—Report of First Con­ ference, Parliament House, Canberra, 23 to 25 January 1968. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association—Report of Australian Delegation to the Thirteenth Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, held at

Kampala, Uganda, October—November 1967. Commonwealth Railways Act—Report by the Commissioner on the operation of the Commonwealth Railways, for year 1966-67. Commonwealth Telegraphs Agreement—Sixteenth General Report of the Com­

monwealth Telecommunications Board together with statement of accounts, for year ending 31 March 1967. Dairy Produce Export Control Act—Forty-second Annual Report of the Australian Dairy Produce Board, for year 1966-67. Honey Industry Act—Fourth Annual Report of the Australian Honey Board,

for year 1966-67. Intra-State Air Services in New South Wales—Report of Committee of Enquiry, dated 1 April 1968.

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National Radiation Advisory Committee—Report to the Prime Minister on the Biological Aspects of Fallout from French Nuclear Weapons Explosions in the Pacific, June-July 1967. Navigation Act—Report by the Minister of cases in which the power of the

Governor-General has been exercised under section 422a of the Act for 1967. New Guinea—Report to the General Assembly of the United Nations on the administration of New Guinea, for year 1966-67. Northern Territory—Report for year 1965-66. Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Ports Ordinance 1967, together

with statement of reasons by the Minister for withholding assent, dated 28 February 1968. Papua and New Guinea Act—Parliamentary Commissions of Enquiry Ordinance 1967, together with statement of reasons for withholding assent

to the Ordinance. Public Works Committee Act—Thirtieth General Report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. Raw Cotton Bounty Act—Return for year ended 29 February 1968. River Murray Waters Act—Annual Report and financial statements of the

River Murray Commission, together with the Auditor-General’s Report and statements of gaugings and diversions, for year 1966-67. Tobacco Marketing Act—Second Annual Report of the Australian Tobacco Board together with financial statements and the Auditor-General’s Report

thereon, for 1967. Vinyl Resin Bounty Act—Return for year 1967-68. G. S. D avidson 9 May 1968 Senator Davidson moved, by leave—That the Report be adopted. Question—put and passed.

12 Adjournment : The Senate adjourned at twenty minutes to five p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m.

13 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Breen (on leave), Heatley, Lacey, McKenna and Murphy. J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

14656/68 By Authority: A. J. Asthux, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra