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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o . 22

TUESDAY, 28 MAY 1968

1 Meeting 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 Questions: Questions on notice were answered.

4 Papers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Christmas Island Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 1—Administration. No. 2—Interpretation.

No. 3—Coroners. No. 4—Magistrate’s Court. No. 5—Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement). No. 6—Tuberculosis. No. 7—Post and Telegraph. Commonwealth Banks Act—Appointments—J. R. Oke, I.R.A. Short. · Defence Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 58. Lands Acquisition Act—Land, etc., acquired for— ' Accommodation purposes—Darwin, Northern Territory.

Sewerage purposes—Nightcliff, Northern Territory. Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 13—Housing Commission (No. 2) 1967.

No. 14—Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary (No. 3) 1967. No. 15—Public Officers (Employment Security) (No. 2) 1967. Post and Telegraph Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 60. Poultry Industry Levy Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 59. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968—

No. 32—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 48—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. - No. 49—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. . -No. 57—Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia and others.

'5 Meetings of the Senate: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved— (1) That, Unless otherwise ordered, the days and times of meeting of the Senate for the remainder of the present period of sittings be as follows: Tuesdays .. 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

8 p.m. until 10.30 p.m.

Wednesdays .. 2.15 p.m. until 6 p.m. 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Thursdays .. 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. -(2) That, unless otherwise ordered, the Sessional Order relating to the adjournment ~ of the Senate have effect on the remaining Thursdays of the present period of

sittings at 11 p.m. Question—put and passed.

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6 G overnor-G eneral’s M essages—Assent to Bills: The following Messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were presented by the President: C asey, Governor-General Message No. 6

Proposed Laws intituled— “Customs Act 1968” “Excise Act 1968” “Distillation Act 1968” “Canned Fruit Excise Act 1968” “Coal Excise Act 1968” “Beer Excise 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, 16 May 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 7

A Proposed Law intituled “Privy Council (Limitation o f Appeals) Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Common­ wealth, having been presented to the Governor-General, His Excellency has, under Section 74 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, reserved the pro­ posed law for The Queen’s pleasure. Government House, Canberra, 17 May 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 8

Proposed Laws intituled— “Appropriation Act {No. 3) 1967-68” “Appropriation Act {No. 4) 1967-68” “Supply Act {No. 1) 1968-69” “Supply Act {No. 2) 1968-69” “Naval Defence 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, 22 May 1968

7 Post and T elegraph Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Cohen—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 resumed.

And General Business taking precedence o f Government Business after eight p.m.—

8 N ext M eeting of the Senate: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved— That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till to-morrow at three p.m. Question—put and passed.

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9 N atural D isasters—Proposed Select C ommittee : The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Cohen), in the absence and at the request of Senator Murphy, pursuant to notice, moved— (1) That a Select Committee of the Senate be appointed to inquire into the desirability

and practicability of establishing a national organisation to deal with the effects of natural disasters, and in particular those arising from fire, flood and drought. (2) That the Committee consist of Senators to be appointed by a subsequent resolution. (3) That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to

move from place to place, to sit in open court or in private, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit. (4) That the Committee have power to sit during any adjournment or recess of the Parliament. (5) That the Committee report to the Senate on or before 30 September 1968. (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. Debate ensued. Senator Davidson addressing the Chair—

And it being 10.30 p.m.—

10 Adjournment: 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 twenty minutes to twelve o’clock midnight till to-morrow at

three p.m.

11 A ttendance : Present, all the Members except Senators Breen (on leave), Sir Walter Cooper, McKenna, and Murphy (on leave).

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

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