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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE

No. 31

TUESDAY, 13 AUGUST 1968

1 M eeting of Senate: The Senate met at three p.m., in accordance with the terms o f the Resolution of the Senate passed on 13 June 1968.

2 A pproach of the G overnor-G eneral: The approach of His Excellency the Governor-General was announced by the Usher of the Black Rod. His Excellency, having been conducted to the Chair, informed Senators that he was present to administer to Senators elected to serve in the Senate from 1 July 1968,

the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance as required by section 42 of the Constitution.

3 N ew Senators—Certificates o f Election: The Clerk produced and laid on the Table the Certificates of Election for the following Members elected, on 25 November 1967, to serve in the Senate as Senators for their respective States:

Tasmania— Reginald Charles Wright Albert George Poke Peter Elliot Rae Reginald John David Turnbull Kenneth Shaw Wriedt

Victoria— Magnus Cameron Cormack Samuel Herbert Cohen John Albert Little James Joseph Webster Arthur George Poyser

Western Australia— Donald Robert Willesee John Peter Sim Lawrence Degenhardt Wilkinson

Reginald Greivc Withers Edgar Wylie Prowse

Senators sworn: And thereupon the before-mentioned Senators made and subscribed the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance at the Table, pursuant to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

His Excellency then retired.

New South Wales— Douglas McClelland Robert Carrington Cotton Lionel Keith Murphy Gerald Colin McKellar Joseph Francis Fitzgerald

Queensland—· Bertie Richard Milliner Annabelle Jane Mary Rankin George Georges Charles Ronald Maunsell Condon Bryan Byrne

South Australia— Reginald Bishop Copdor Louis Lauckc James Luke Cavanagh Nancy Eileen Buttfield

Harold William Young

4 E lection of P resident: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), addressing the Clerk of the Senate by name, reminded the Senate that the time had now come when it was necessary for the Senate to choose one of its Members to be President— Whereupon Senator Anderson moved—That Senator Sir Alister Maxwell McMullin do

take the Chair of this Senate as President. Which motion was seconded by the Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar). The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved—That Senator Justin O’Byrne do take the Chair of this Senate as President.

Which motion was seconded by Senator Cohen. And Senator Sir Alister McMullin and Senator O’Byrne having submitted themselves to the Senate— The-Senate thereupon proceeded to ballot; and the ballot being concluded, the Clerk

reported the result, as follows: Senator Sir Alister Maxwell McMullin .. 30 votes Senator Justin O’Byrne .. .. 24 votes

and declared Senator Sir Alister McMullin elected. The President-elect returned his acknowledgements to the Senate for the honour conferred upon him, and assumed the Chair, and was congratulated by Senators

Anderson, Murphy, McKellar, Gair and O’Byrne. Senator Anderson acquainted the Senate that His Excellency the Governor-General would receive the President in the Opposition Party Room forthwith.

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The sitting of the Senate was thereupon suspended and the President, accompanied by Senators, proceeded to the Opposition Party Room.

The Senate having resumed, the President reported that, accompanied by Members of the Senate, he had presented himself to His Excellency the Governor-General, who had been pleased to congratulate him upon his appointment as President.

5 PRAYERS.

6 L eader of the A ustralian D emocratic Labor Party, etc. : Senator Gair, by leave, informed the Senate of the appointment of himself as Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party in the Senate, and of Senator McManus as Deputy-Leader, Senator Byrne as Whip, and Senator Little as Secretary.

7 C hairman of C ommittees: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That the Senate do now proceed to elect a Chairman of Committees. Question—put and passed. The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) moved—That Senator Thomas

Charles Drake-Brockman be appointed Chairman of Committees. Which motion was seconded by Senator Anderson. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved—That Senator Clement Frank Ridley be appointed Chairman of Committees. Which motion was seconded by Senator Cohen. And Senators Drake-Brockman and Ridley having submitted themselves to the Senate— The Senate thereupon proceeded to ballot; and the ballot being concluded, the President

reported the result, as follows: Senator Drake-Brockman . . .. 30 votes

Senator Ridley.. .. .. .. 24 votes

and declared Senator Drake-Brockman elected. Senator Drake-Brockman returned his acknowledgements to the Senate for the honour conferred upon him and was congratulated by Senators Ridley, Anderson, Murphy, McKellar and Gair.

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8 P resident’s C ommission to Administer O ath or A ffirmation : The President announced that he had received from His Excellency the Governor-General a Commission to administer to Senators the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. The Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows:

His Excellency the Governor-General in and over the Commonwealth o f Australia. To Senator the Honourable Sir A lister M axwell M cMUllin, K.C.M.G., President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia. G reeting: W hereas by section forty-two of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Aus­ tralia it is amongst other things enacted that every Senator shall, before taking his seat, make and subscribe before the Governor-General, or some person authorised by him, an Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in the form set forth in the Schedule to the aforesaid Constitution:

Now therefore I, R ichard G ardiner, Baron C asey, the Governor-General aforesaid, do by these Presents command and authorise you from time to time, at Parliament House, Canberra, to administer the said Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to such Senators as have not already taken and subscribed the same since their election to the Senate. .

G iven under my Hand and the Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Australia, this thirteenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight.

C asey,

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command, J. G. G orton, Prime Minister

9 Privy C ouncil (Limitation of A ppeals) Bill 1968—G overnor-G eneral’s M essage— Assent o f Her Majesty to Reserved Bill·. The following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General, intimating the Assent of Her Majesty to the Privy Council (Limitation of Appeals) Bill, was presented, by the President:

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 11

The Governor-General informs the Senate of the Parliament of the Common­ wealth of Australia that the Proposed Law intituled “Privy Council (Limitation o f Appeals) Act 1968”, which was reserved for The Queen’s pleasure, has been laid before Her Majesty and that, on the Tenth day of June in the year One thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight, The Queen was graciously pleased to assent to the Said Law. Government House, Canberra, 1 July 1968

10 G overnor-G eneral’s Messages—A ssent to Bills: The following Messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were presented by the President: C asey, Governor-General Message No. 12

Proposed Laws intituled: “Overseas Telecommunications Act 1968” "Post and Telegraph Act 1968” "Post and Telegraph Act (No. 2) 1968” "Victoria Grant (River Murray Salinity) Act 1968” "Queensland Grant (Marahodn Dam) 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 His Excellency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Laws. Government House, Canberra, 13 June 1968

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C asey, Governor-General Message No. 13

Proposed Laws intituled: “Canned Fruits Export Marketing Act 1968” “Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1968” “ Customs Tariff 1968” “Loan 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, 18 June 1968

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 14

Proposed Laws intituled: “Railway Agreement (Queensland) Act 1968” “Tasmania Agreement (Hydro-Electric Power Development) Act 1968" “Railway Agreement (New South Wales) Act 1968”

“States Grants (Beef Cattle Roads) Act 1968” , “International Development Association (Additional Contribution) 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, 20 June 1968

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 15

Proposed Laws intituled: “Loan (Airlines Equipment) Act 1968” “Northern Territory (Administration) Act (No. 2) 1968” “States Grants (Deserted Wives) Act 1968”

“Superannuation Act 1968” “ Western Australia Agreement (Ord River Irrigation) 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, 21 June 1968

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 16

Proposed Laws intituled: “National Service Act 1968” “Science and Industry Research Act (No. 2) 1968" “States Grants (Technical Training) Act 1968” “United States Naval Communication Station (Civilian Employees) 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, 24 June 1968

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C asey, Governor-General Message No. 17

Proposed Laws intituled: “Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1968” “Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act (No. 2) 1968” “Superannuation Act (No. 2) 1968" “Commonwealth Employees' Furlough Act (No. 2) 1968”

“Public Service Act 1968" “Income Tax Assessment Act (No. 2) 1968” “Pay-roll 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, 25 June 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 18

Proposed Laws intituled: “Navigation Act 1968” “Copyright Act 1968” “Designs 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, 27 June 1968

11 P apers : The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Audit Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 87. Australian National University Act—Statutes— No. 82—Deputy Vice-Chancellorship Amendment No. 2.

No. 83—Academic and Ceremonial Dress Amendment No. 2. No. 84—Residential Colleges (Affiliation) Amendment No. 1. No. 85—Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies Amendment No. 2.

No. 86—Staff Superannuation Amendment No. 7. Cellulose Acetate Flake Bounty Act—Return for year ended 18 March 1968. Christmas Island Act—Ordinance—1968—No. 8—Post and Telegraph (No. 2). Commonwealth Banks Act—Appointment—W. G.'Bladwell. Commonwealth Employees’ Furlough Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968,

No. 74. Customs Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 68, 83. Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 80,81. Explosives Act—Explosives Regulations—Order directing the berthing of a vessel. International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Act—Regulations—

Statutory Rules 1968, No. 85. Lands Acquisition Act—Land, etc., acquired for— Aboriginal purposes—Hundred of Finniss, Northern Territory. Broadcasting purposes—Naracoorte, South Australia.

Civil Aviation purposes— Meadow, Victoria. Defence purposes— Canungra, Queensland. Swan Island, Victoria.

Post Office purposes— Arden Vale, South Australia. Hobart, Tasmania.

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National Health Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 76, 88. Naval Defence Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 70,72,77,78,79,89. Norfolk Island Act—Ordinance—1968—No. 4—Norfolk Island Council (No. 2). Northern Territory (Administration) Act—

Crown Lands Ordinance—Statement by Minister of reasons for the revocation of reserve at Katherine, Northern Territory. Ordinances—1968— No. 16—Lottery and Gaming.

No. 17—Mental Defectives. No. 18—Museums and Art Galleries. No. 19—Workmen’s Compensation (No. 2). No. 20—Adoption of Children. No. 21—Criminal Law Consolidation.

No. 22—Interpretation. No. 23·—Agricultural Development Leases. No. 24—Freehold Titles. No. 25—Control of Roads. No. 26—Town Planning. No. 27—Valuation of Land. No. 28—Encouragement of Primary Production. No. 29—Stamp (No. 2). No. 30—Veterinary Surgeons. No. 31—Wildlife Conservation and Control (No. 2). Regulations—1968—

Nos. 6 and 7 (Public Service Ordinance). No. 8 (Freehold Titles Ordinance). Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 17—Public Accounts Committee (Papua and New Guinea). No. 18—Supply 1968-69. No. 19—Ordinances Interpretation (Place Names). No. 20—National Fitness Ordinance (Dates of Commencement). No. 21—Statistics. No. 22—Gaming (Playing Cards). No. 23—Pounds. No. 24—Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board. No. 25—Child Welfare. No. 26—International Bank (Telecommunications) Loan Agreement. No. 27—Ordinances Interpretation (Subordinate Legislative Instruments). No. 28—Statutory Instruments (Publication). No. 29—Parliamentary Under-Secretaries Ordinance (Repeal). No. 30—Ordinances Interpretation (Constitutional Changes). No. 31—Parliamentary Allowances. No. 32—Laws of the Territory (Proof and Printing). Post and Telegraph Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 67, 82. Public Service Act— Appointment—Department of Immigration—J. M. Lines.

Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 73, 84. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968— No. 59—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 60—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association.

No. 61—Hospital Employees’ Federation of Australia. No. 62—Electrical Trades Union of Australia. No. 63—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 64— Electrical Trades Union of Australia. No. 65—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and others. No. 75—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association.

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Nos. 76, 77 and 78—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and others. No. 79—Civil Air Operations Officers’ Association of Australia. No. 80—Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees’ Association. No. 81—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 82—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 83—Postal Telecommunication Technicians’ Association (Australia). No. 84—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). No. 85—Administrative and Clerical Officers’ Association, Commonwealth

Public Service. No. 86—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and others. No. 87—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). No. 88—Australian Journalists’ Association. No. 89—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 90—Amalgamated Engineering Union (Australian Section) and others. No. 91—Commonwealth Telephone and Phonogram Officers’ Association. No. 93—Professional Musicians’ Union of Australia. No. 94—Customs Officers’ Association of Australia (Fourth Division); and

Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 95—North Australian Workers’ Union. Nos. 96 and 97—Hospital Employees’ Federation of Australia. No. 99—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 100—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 101—Customs Officers’ Association of Australia (Fourth Division). Pyrites Bounty Act—Return for year 1967-68. Quarantine Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 86. Seat of Government (Administration) Act—

National Memorials Ordinance—Determination of names of eight Divisions of the Canberra City District, dated 28 May 1968. Ordinances—1968— No. 9—Compensation (Fatal Injuries).

No. 10—Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions). No. 11—Wills. No. 12—Building and Services. No. 13—Betting (Off-course Totalizator Agency). No. 14—Gaming and Betting. States Grants (Deserted Wives) Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 69. Stevedoring Industry Charge Assessment Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968,

No. 75. Superannuation Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 71. Sulphate of Ammonia Bounty Act—Return for year 1967-68. Urea Bounty Act—Return for period 26 October 1966 to 31 December 1967.

12 D eath of the H onourable Sir N eil O ’Sullivan, K.B.E.: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) referred to the death on 4 July 1968, of the Honourable Sir Neil O’Sullivan, K.B.E., and moved, by leave—That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death of the Honourable Sir Neil O’Sullivan, K.B.E., former Senator for the State of Queensland, Minister of the Crown and Leader of the Government in the Senate, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its sincere sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement. And the motion having been seconded by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator

Murphy) and supported by the Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar), Senator Gair, Senator Byrne, the Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott) and the President (Senator Sir Alister McMullin)— And all Senators present having risen, in silence—

Question passed.

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13 D eath of the Premier of Q ueensland, the H onourable J. C. A. Pizzey : The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement informing the Senate of the death on 31 July 1968 of the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Jack Charles Allan Pizzey. Senator Anderson referred to Mr Pizzey’s distinguished public service and expressed

sympathy for his widow and family in their bereavement. And the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), the Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) and Senator Gair having supported the remarks of Senator Anderson, all Senators present stood in silence as a mark of respect to the memory

of the late Premier.

Suspension o f Sitting: At twenty-one minutes past five p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until 8 p.m.

The Senate having resumed—

14 Budget Papers 1968-69: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, laid upon the Table the following Papers, by Command of His Excellency the Governor- General: Civil Works Programme 1968-69;

Commonwealth Payments to or for the States, 1968-69; Estimates of Receipts and Summary of Estimated Expenditure, for year ending 30 June 1969; Expenditure—

Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the service of the year ending 30 June 1969; Particulars of Proposed Provision for Certain Expenditure in respect of the year ending 30 June 1969;

Government Securities on Issue at 30 June 1968; Commonwealth Income Tax Statistics, for income year 1965-66; National Income and Expenditure 1967-68— and moved—That the Senate take note of the Papers. On the motion of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) the debate was

adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

15 A djournment: The Senate adjourned at four minutes to nine p.m. till to-morrow at three p.m.

16 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Cant, Davidson, Lawrie and Toohey.

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

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