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SJ No 40 - 11 September 1968

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1 M eeting o f Senate: The Senate met at three p.m., pursuant to adjournment. The President (Senator the Honourable Sir Alister McMullin) took the Chair.


3 D eath of H er R oyal H ighness P rincess M arina—R eply to A ddress: The President informed the Senate that the following reply had been received from Her Majesty the Queen to the Address of Condolence from Members of the Senate on the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Marina:

“ 1 sincerely thank the President and Members of the Senate of the Common­ wealth of Australia for their kind message of sympathy.

E lizabeth R”.

4 P etition: Senator Little presented a petition from seventeen Darebin electors praying that the Government break off diplomatic relations with, impose economic sanctions upon, and take other action against the U.S.S.R. and the co-aggressors in the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Petition received and read.

5 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

6 P apers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Department of External Affairs—Report for year 1967-68. Department of Health—Report of the Director-General, for year 1967-68.

Tariff Board Report—Wrapping machines. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Apple and Pear Organization Act—Twenty-second Annual Report of the Aus­ tralian Apple and Pear Board, for year 1967-68.

Dried Fruits Export Control Act—Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Australian Dried Fruits Control Board, for year 1967-68. Homes Savings Grant Act—Fourth Annual Report of the Secretary, Department of Housing, on the administration and operation of the Act, for year 1967-68. Meat Industry Act—Interim Report of the Australian Meat Board, for year 1967-68. Public Service Act—Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Public Service Board, for

year 1967-68.

7 A ustralia’s I mmigration Programmes 1968-73—M inisterial Statement— Pa per: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Australia’s Immigration Programmes for the period 1968-73—Report by the

Immigration Planning Council. Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin, by leave, made a statement in connection with the Paper. . .

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8 Budget P apers 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—And on the amendment moved thereto by the Leader o f the Opposition (Senator Murphy)—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 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 resumed. Senator Cotton addressing the Chair—

And it being 11 p.m.—

9 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 fifteen minutes to twelve o’clock midnight till to-morrow at

eleven a.m.

10 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), McManus, Milliner, Toohey (on leave), Turnbull and Wood. R. E. B u l l o c k ,

Acting Clerk of the Senate

21584/68 By Authority: A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra