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SJ No 34 - 21 August 1968



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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 34

WEDNESDAY, 21 AUGUST 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 Q uestions : Questions on notice were answered.

4 Papers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Christmas Island—Report for year 1966-67. United Nations—Report of the Australian Delegation to the Twenty-second

Session of the General Assembly, New York, 19 September to 19 December 1967 (First Part). The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Dairy Produce Export Control Act—Interim Report of the Australian Dairy

Produce Board for year 1967-68. Lands Acquisition Act—Land acquired for Post Office purposes—Taldra, South Australia. Nationality and Citizenship Act—Return for year 1967-68. Stevedoring Industry Act—Twelfth Annual Report of the Australian Stevedoring

Industry Authority, together with financial accounts and the Auditor-General’s Report thereon, for year 1966-67.

5 P rivileges Committee: The President reported that he had received a letter from Senator Cormack requesting his discharge from the Privileges Committee. The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senator Cormack be discharged from attendance on the Committee of Privileges, and that Senators

Greenwood and Rae be appointed to the Committee. Question—put and passed.

6 Library C ommittee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave— That Senator Withers be appointed to fill the vacancy now existing on the Library Committee. Question—put and passed.

7 H ouse C ommittee: The President reported that he had received letters from Senators Cotton, Webster and Dame Ivy Wedgwood requesting their discharge from the House Committee. The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senators Cotton,

Webster and Dame Ivy Wedgwood be discharged from attendance on the House Committee and that Senators Buttfield, Maunsell and Withers be appointed to the Committee. Question—put and passed.

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8 P rinting C ommittee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave— That Senators Maunsell and Young be appointed to fill the vacancies now existing on the Printing Committee. '

Question—put and passed.

9 D isputed R eturns and Q ualifications C ommittee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senators Rae and Webster be appointed to fill the vacancies now existing on the Committee of Disputed Returns and Qualifications. Question—put and passed.

10 A ustralian C apital T erritory—J oint C ommittee : The President reported that he had received a letter from Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood requesting her discharge from the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senator Dame

Ivy Wedgwood be discharged from attendance on the Joint Committee on the AusĀ­ tralian Capital Territory. Question—put and passed. The President then informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader

of the Government in the Senate appointing Senator Withers to fill the vacancy.

11 O ff-shore P etroleum R esources—Select C ommittee: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave— /That Senator Young be appointed to fill the vacancy now existing on the Select Committee on Off-shore Petroleum Resources. Question—put and passed.

12 A ir Pollution—Select C ommittee: The President reported that he had received a . letter from Senator Gair requesting his discharge from the Select Committee on Air Pollution. The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senator Gair be

discharged from attendance on the Select Committee on Air Pollution. Question—put and passed. The President then informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party (Senator Gair) appointing Senator Little

to fill the vacancy.

13 W ater Pollution—Select C ommittee: The President announced that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Government in the Senate appointing Senators Davidson, Prowse and Rae, members of the Select Committee on Water Pollution.

14 Postponement: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That Government Business, Order of the Day No. 1, be postponed until after conĀ­ sideration of Order of the Day No. 2.

15 N ew and Permanent Parliament H ouse Sit e: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)—That the Senate is of the opinion that the new and permanent Parliament House should be situated on the lakeside site— And on the amendment moved thereto by the Leader o f the Opposition (Senator Murphy)—Leave out “the lakeside site”, insert “Capital

Hill”. Debate resumed. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Cormack have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

16 Budget Papers 1968-69: 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 Papers.

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The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion add but the Senate is of opinion that the Budget is inadequate in that it does not make provision: (1) to lighten taxes and health costs for families and to increase benefits;

(2) to plan defence procurement and expenditure; (3) to meet the problems of Australia’s capital and provincial cities; and (4) to retain control and promote development of Australia’s mineral, fuel, land and marine resources”. .

Debate ensued. Senator Webster addressing the Chair—

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 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), Lawrie, Toohey (on leave) and Wriedt.

R. E. Bullock, Acting Clerk of the Senate

19515/68 By Authority: A . J . A rthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra