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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 35

THURSDAY, 22 AUGUST 1968

1 M eeting of Senate: The Senate met at eleven a.m. pursuant to adjournment. The President (Senator the Honourable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.

2 PRAYERS.

3 Petitions: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) presented two petitions signed respectively by the President and Secretary of the Wyong High School Parents and Citizens’ Association and by five members of the Boronia Park Infants’ Staff praying that Parliament will provide adequate finance to the States for the improveĀ­ ment of certain education services and that a Commonwealth Inquiry into the needs

of pre-school, primary, secondary and technical education be instituted. Petitions received and read.

4 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

5 Papers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Treaties— Asian Residents of Christmas Island—Agreement dated 27 June 1968, between

Australia and Singapore, concerning the provision of treatment in Singapore hospitals for Asian residents of Christmas Island. Cultural Agreement—Agreement dated 14 June 1968, between Australia and Indonesia, relating to cultural associations, contacts and exchanges.

International Hydrographic Organization—Convention dated 3 May 1967 establishing an International Hydrographic Organization. Papua and New Guinea—Agreement dated 21 May 1968, between Australia and the organizations participating in the technical assistance sector of the

United Nations Development Programme concerning technical assistance for projects to be carried out in the Territory of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea. United States Naval Communication Station—Exchange of notes dated 12 July

1968, constituting an Agreement between Australia and the United States of America amending the Agreement of 9 May 1963, relating to the establishment of a United States Naval Communication Station in Australia. World Health Organization—Nomenclature Regulations 1967, dated 22 May

1967, adopted by the Twentieth World Health Assembly.

6 L eave to M ove M otion R efused: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) asked leave to move a motion relating to the Order of Business. Objection being raised, leave not granted.

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7 O r d e r o f B u sin ess—Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Murphy moving a motion forthwith that Order of the Day No. 2, relating to the new and permanent Parliament House site, take precedence this day of other Business of the Senate. Debate ensued. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 24 Noes, 22

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Bishop McClelland Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh McManus Bull Annabelle

Cohen Milliner Buttfield Scott

Devitt Mulvihill Drake-Brockman Sim

Dittmer Murphy Greenwood Webster

Drury Ormonde Laucke Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poyscr Lillico Ivy

Gair Tumbull McKellar Withers

Georges Wilkinson McMidlin, Sir W ood

Keeffc Willesec Alister Wright

Kennelly M arriott Young

Lacey T e ller: Maunsell T eller:

Little Senator Poke Prowse Senator Corm ack

The President announced the result of the Division and stated that, there not being an absolute majority of the whole number of Senators in favour of the motion, as required by Standing Order 448, the motion was negatived. Dissent from Ruling: And Senator Murphy having objected, in writing, to the ruling

of the President that the motion had been negatived, moved—That the ruling be dissented from. Senator Murphy then moved—That the Question of dissent requires immediate determination. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 25 N oes, 22

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Bishop M cClelland Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh McManus Bull Annabelle

Cohen Milliner Buttfield Scott

Devitt Mulvihill Drake-Brockman Sim

Dittmer M urphy Greenwood Webster

Drury Ormonde Lauckc Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poke Lillico Ivy

Gair Poyser M cKellar Withers

Georges Turnbull McMullin, Sir Wood

Keeffe Wilkinson Alister Wright

Kennelly Willesee M arriott Young

Lacey T eller: Maunsell T eller:

Little Senator O’Byrne Prowse Senator Cormack

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. The President made a statement relating to the motion of dissent proposed by Senator Murphy. And Senator Murphy having spoken to his motion—

Ruling o f President: The President stated that the circumstances and the reasons given by Senator Murphy did not justify him, as President, permitting the motion. The Senate should consider very closely the situation which would arise if the motion were allowed to proceed and perhaps be agreed to. He ruled the motion not in order. Dissent from Ruling: And Senator Murphy having objected, in writing, to the ruling

of the President that his motion of dissent was not in order, moved—That the ruling be dissented from.

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Senator Murphy then moved—That the Question of dissent requires immediate deterĀ­ mination. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Senator—

Ayes, 25 Senator—

Noes, 22

Senator— Senator—

Bishop McClelland Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh McManus Bull Annabelle

Cohen Milliner Buttfield Scott

Devitt MuIvihiU Drake-Brockman Sim

Dittmer M urphy Greenwood Webster

Drury Orm onde Laucke Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poke Lillico Ivy

Gair Poyser McKellar Withers

Georges Turnbull McMullin, Sir Wood

Keeffe Wilkinson Alister Wright

Kennelly Willesee M arriott Young

Lacey T eller: Maunsell T e ller:

Little Senator O ’Byrne Prowse Senator Corm ack

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Debate ensued on the motion of dissent to the President’s ruling that Senator Murphy’s motion of dissent was not in order. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 26

Senator— Senator—

N oes, 23

Senator— Senator—

Bishop M cM anus Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh Milliner Bull Annabelle

Cohen Mulvihill Buttfield Scott

Devitt M urphy Corm ack Sim

Dittmer Orm onde Drake-Brockman Webster

Drury Poke Greenwood Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poyser Laucke Ivy

Gair Turnbull Lillico Withers

Georges W hceldon McKellar Wood

Keeffe Wilkinson McMullin, Sir Wright

Kennelly Willesee Alister Young

Lacey Little T eller:

M arriott Maunsell T eller:

McClelland Senator O ’Byrne Prowse Senator Cotton

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Debate ensued on Senator Murphy’s original motion of dissent to the President’s ruling that the motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders had been negatived. Question—put. The Senate divided—

A y e s, 26 N oes, 23

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Bishop M cM anus Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh Milliner Bull Annabelle

Cohen Mulvihill Buttfield Scott

Devitt M urphy Cormack Sim

Dittmer Orm onde Drake-Brockman Webster

Drury Poke Greenwood Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poyser Laucke Ivy

Gair Turnbull Lillico Withers

Georges W heeldon McKellar Wood

Keeffe Wilkinson McMullin, Sir Wright

Kennelly Willesee Alister Young

Lacey Little T eller:

M arriott Maunsell T e ller:

McClelland Senator O ’Byrne Prowse Senator Cotton

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And so it was resolved in the affirmative. The President declared that, as the Senate had dissented from his ruling, the Question on the motion by Senator Murphy for the suspension of the Standing Orders was resolved in the affirmative. Postponement: Senator Murphy moved—That Order of the Day No. 2, relating to the

new and permanent Parliament House site, take precedence this day of other Business of the Senate. Debate ensued. Question—put. The Senate divided—

Senator—

A yes, 26

Senator— Senator—

Noes, 23 Senator-

Bishop McManus Anderson Rankin, Dame

Cavanagh Milliner Bull Annabclle

Cohen Mulvihill Buttfield Scott

Devitt Murphy Corm ack Sim

Dittmcr Ormonde Drake-Brockman Webster

Drury Poke Greenwood Wedgwood, Dame

Fitzgerald Poyser Laucke Ivy

Gair Turnbull Lillico Withers

Georges Wheel don M cKellar Wood

KeefTe Wilkinson McMullin, Sir Wright

Kennelly Willesee Alistcr Young

Lacey M arriott

Little T eller: Maunsell T e ller:

McClelland Senator O’Byrne Prowse Senator Cotton

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

8 C zechoslovakia— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to the invasion of Czechoslovakia, on 20 August 1968, by military forces of the Soviet Union, with the support of East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria. Senator Anderson, by leave, moved—That the Senate expresses its distress at and its

abhorrence of the armed intervention in Czechoslovakia by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the East German regime, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria; condemns this action as a breach of the United Nations Charter and of accepted international conduct; calls for the immediate withdrawal of the forces unlawfully on Czechoslovakian territory and expresses the sympathy of the Senate for the people

of Czechoslovakia in their ordeal. 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.

9 Q uestion: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, corrected an answer which he had given this day to a question without notice asked by Senator Poyser.

10 N ew and P ermanent 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.

Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put.

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The Senate divided—

Senator—

Aybs, 42 Senator— Senator—

Bishop Marriott Anderson

Bull Maunsell McKellar

Buttfield Milliner McMullin, Sir

Cavanagh Mulvihill Alis ter

Cohen Murphy Rankin, Dame

Qormack Ormonde Amabelle

Cotton Poke

Devitt Poyser

Drake-Brockman Prowse X

Drury Scott

Fitzgerald Turnbull

Gair Webster

Georges Wheeldon

Greenwood Wilkinson

Keeffe Willesee

Kennelly Withers

Lacey Wood

Laucke Wright

Lfllico Young

Little McClelland Teller:

McManus Senator O’Byme

N obs, 6 Senator— Wedgwood. Dame Ivy

Teller:

Senator Sim

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Main Question, as amended—put and passed.

11 Pa per: The President presented the following Paper pursuant to Statute: Reserve Bank Act—Ninth Annual Report of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, for year 1967-68, together with financial statements and the Auditor- General’s Report thereon.

12 H eader H arvesters— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), by leave, made a statement relating to by-law concessions on the importation of header harvesters.

13 A djournment: The Senate adjourned at one minute past ten p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m.

14 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Byrne, Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), Lawrie, Ridley, Toohey (on leave) and Wriedt.

R. E. Bullock, - Acting Clerk of the Senate

19515/68—2 By Authority: A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra