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SJ No 23 - 29 May 1968

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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.


3 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

4 N otice of M otion: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Cohen), by leave, gave notice of a motion.

5 M etric System of W eights and M easures—Select Committee—R eport: Senator Laught brought up the Report from the Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures, together with Minutes of Evidence. Ordered to be printed. Senator Laught moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Report. On the motion of Senator Poyser the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

6 Motion for A djournment, to D ebate M atter of U rgency: Senator Cant, in order to debate a matter of urgency, viz.: “The prospect of progressive increases in the price of petrol and petroleum products as more Australian crude oil is used for them”, moved—That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till to-morrow at 10.30 a.m. Debate ensued. And the debate having reached the limit of three hours allowed by Standing Order 64,

the Business of the Day was called on.

7 D efence F orces R etirement Benefits F und—M inisterial Statement—Paper: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by Command of His Excellency the Governor- General, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Fund—Report by the Commonwealth Actuary

on the Third Quinquennial Investigation into the Fund, as at 30 June 1964. Senator Anderson, by leave, made a statement in connection with the Paper, and moved, by leave—That the Senate take note of the Paper. On the motion of Senator Bishop the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

8 Papers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Tariff Board Reports— Ceramic tableware, etc.

Sisal baler twine (Dumping and Subsidies Act). The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968— No. 41—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others.

No. 42—Australian Journalists’ Association.

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No. 43—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 44—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and others. No. 45—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. Nos. 46 and 47—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and

others. No. 50—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 51—Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 52—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). Nos. 53 and 54—Electrical Trades Union of Australia. No. 55—Civil Air Operations Officers’ Association of Australia.

No. 56—Line Inspectors’ Association, Commonwealth of Australia.

9 Papua and N ew G uinea 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. 9

A Proposed Law intituled “ Papua and New Guinea Act 1968 ” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, 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, 27 May 1968

10 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 it being 11 p.m.—

Adjournment Negatived: The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question— That the Senate do now adjourn— Which Question was negatived.

Debate continued. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. The Senate divided— Ayes, 24 N oes, 24

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Bonn M cClelland Anderson Morris, Sir

Bishop McManus Bull Kenneth

Cant Mulvihill Corm ack Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh Orm onde Drake-Brockman Annabelle

Cohen Poke Greenwood Scott

Devitt Poyser Heatley Sim

Dittmer Ridley Henty Turnbull

Drury W heeldon Laucke Webster

Fitzgerald W ilkinson Lawrie Wedgwood, Dame

Gair Willesee Lillico Ivy

Hendrickson McKellar Wood

tieeffe T e lle r: McMullin, Sir Wright

Lacey Senator O ’Byrne Alister

M arriott M attner

T eller:

Senator Cotton

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The Ayes and Noes being equal, amendment negatived accordingly. Question—That this Bill be now read a second time—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

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Wood) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

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 eighteen minutes to twelve o’clock midnight till to-morrow at

ten a.m.

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

J. R. Odgers, Clerk of the Senate

14656/68 By Authority: A. J. A r t h u r , Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra