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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

1968

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 20

WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 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 an Indonesian Parliamentary delegation of six members led by Major-General Dr Sjarif Thajeb, Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic, which was visiting Australia at the invitation of the Presiding Officers. On behalf of honourable Senators he extended to the delegation a cordial welcome.

4 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

5 Papers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Australian Research Grants Committee—Third Report of the Australian Research Grants Committee, together with statement of grants approved for 1968.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands—Report for year 1966-67. Tariff Board Reports— Gas-fired water heaters. Glucose and glucose syrup.

Sheepskin and hogskin leathers. Tinsmiths’ snips and shears. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Lands Acquisition Act—Land acquired for Post Office purposes—Beechworth,

Victoria. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968— No. 34—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others.

No. 35—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 36—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 37—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 38—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 39—Postal Telecommunication Technicians’ Association (Australia).

No. 40—Amalgamated Engineering Union; and Boilermakers and Blacksmiths’ Society of Australia.

6 P ublic Works Committee—R eport : Senator Branson brought up the following Report from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works: Proposed construction of the Woden Valley Hospital, Canberra. Senator Branson, by leave, made a statement in connection with the Report.

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7 W ater P ollution—Select C ommittee: Senator Henty moved, by leave—

(1) That the Select Committee on Water Pollution consist of six Senators, three to be appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two to be appointed by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one to be appointed by the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party in the Senate. (2) That the Committee elect as Chairman one of the members appointed by the

Leader of the Government in the Senate. (3) That the Chairman of the Committee may from time to time appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, and

that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee. (4) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy Chair­ man when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote. (5) That four members of the Committee, including the Chairman or Deputy

Chairman, constitute a quorum of the Committee. (6) 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.

The Deputy-Leader of the Opposition (Senator Cohen) moved an amendment, viz.: Paragraph 1, leave out all words after “consist of”, insert “seven Senators, three to be appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, three to be appointed by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one to be appointed by the Senate from among the Senators who are not members of the Government parties or of the Australian Labor Party” . Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put. The Senate divided—

A y e s, 25 N o e s, 2 9

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 e n n M c C l e l l a n d A n d e r s o n M c M u l l i n , S ir

B is h o p M u lv ih ill B r a n s o n A lis te r

C a n t N ic h o lls B u ll M a r r i o t t

C a v a n a g h O r m o n d e C o o p e r , S ir M a t t n e r

C o h e n P o k e W a l te r P r o w s e

D e v itt P o y s e r C o r m a c k R a n k i n , D a m e

D i t t m e r R id le y D a v id s o n A n n a b e l l e

D r u r y T a n g n e y D r a k e - B r o c k m a n S c o tt

F i t z g e r a l d W h e e J d o n G a i r S im

H e n d r i c k s o n W ilk in s o n G r e e n w o o d T u r n b u l l

K e e f fe W ille s e e H e a tl e y W e b s te r

K e n n e ll y T e lle r : H e n t y W e d g w o o d , D a m e

L a c e y S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L a u c k e Iv y

L a u g h t W o o d

L illic o W r i g h t

M c K e l l a r T e lle r :

M c M a n u s S e n a t o r C o t t o n

Amendment negatived accordingly. Main Question—put and passed.

8 Leave of A bsence: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Cohen) moved, by leave—That the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) be granted leave of absence for one month on account of absence overseas. Question—put and passed.

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9 T rade A greement with H ungary— M inisterial Statement— Pa per: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to trade between Australia and Hungary and the Trade Agreement between the two countries signed by the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr McEwen) on 5 December 1967. Senator Anderson then, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General, laid upon the Table the following Paper:

Treaty—Trade Agreement between Australia and the Hungarian People’s Re­ public—Agreement dated 5 December 1967. Senator O’Byrne 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

O’Byrne have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

10 G overnor-G eneral’s M essages—A ssent to Bills: The following Messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were presented by the President: C asey, Governor-General Message No. 3

Proposed Laws intituled: “Income Tax (International Agreements) Act 1968” “Income Tax Assessment 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 Laws. Government House, Canberra, 8 May 1968

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 4

Proposed Laws intituled: “Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1968” “Officers' Rights Declaration Act 1968” “Science and Industry Research Act 1968” .

“Native Members of the Forces Benefits Act 1968” “Removal o f Prisoners (Territories) 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 Laws. Government House, Canberra, 8 May 1968

11 A ppropriation Bill (No. 3) 1967-68—Message jrom the House oj Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 31

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to appropriate a sum out o] the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by the ‘Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1967-68’, Jor the service oj the year ending on the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-

eight”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 May 1968 Speaker

Suspension of 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 O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

12 A ppropriation Bill (N o. 4) 1967-68—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r P resident, Message No. 32

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by the ‘Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1967-68’, for certain ex­ penditure in respect o f the year ending on the thirtieth day of June, One thousand

nine hundred and sixty-eight", in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 May 1968 Speaker

Suspension of 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. 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 O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

13 Supply Bill (N o. 1) 1968-69—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r P resident, Message No. 33

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to make interim provision for the appropriation o f moneys out o f the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the service o f the year ending on the thirtieth day o f June, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine", in which it desires the concurrence of the

Senate. House o f Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 May 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f 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. Question—put and passed. Senator Anderson moved—That this Bill be now read a first time.

Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time. The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) moved—That this Bill be now read

a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

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14 Supply Bill (N o. 2) 1968-69—Message jrom the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: . M r P resident, ■ Message No. 34

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled ‘“A Bill for an Act to make interim provision Jor the appropriation oj ■ moneys out o f the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect oj the year ending on the thirtieth day oj June, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine”, in which it

desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 May 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar), 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 McKellar the Bill was read a first time. Senator McKellar moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O'Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

15 N aval D efence 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 4, by leave, taken together and agreed to. Clause 5 debated and agreed to. Clause 6 debated and agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Bull) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

16 Post and T elegraph Bill 1968: Order o f the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Cohen) moved an amendment, viz.:

At end of motion add “, but the Senate is of opinion that a Joint Select Committee should be appointed to inquire into the desirability and practicability of removing the Australian Post Office from the administrative influence of the Public Service Board

and of establishing a public corporation to control the business of the Post Office” . Debate ensued. Senator Cotton addressing the Chair—

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And it being 11 p.m.—

17 A djournment : 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 ten minutes past eleven p.m. till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

18 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Breen (on leave), Lawrie, Murphy (on leave) and Toohey.

J. R. Odgers, Clerk of the Senate

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