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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o . 41

THURSDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 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 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

4 P apers: The following Paper was presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Papua—Annual Report, for year 1966-67. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute:

Broadcasting and Television Act—Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, together with financial statement, for year 1967-68. Industrial Research and Development Grants Act—First Annual Report of the Australian Industrial Research and Development Grants Board on the operation

of the Act, for year 1967-68. Science and Industry Research Act—Twentieth Annual Report of the Common­ wealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, for year 1967-68.

5 O rder of G eneral Business: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), by leave, made a statement concerning Opposition proposals for the arrangement of the order of General Business on Tuesday next. .

6 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—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 docs 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. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put.

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The Senate divided— Ayes, 22 N oes, 26

Senator— Bishop Cavanagh

Senator— Senator—

Anderson Bull Buttfield Byrne Gair Greenwood

Laucke Laught Lawrie Lillico

Little McKellar McMullin, Sir

Senator—

Cohen Devitt Dittmer Drury

Murphy Ormonde Poke

Maunsell Prowse Rae Rankin, Dame

Fitzgerald Georges Keeffe Lacey

Poyser Ridley Wheeldon

Wilkinson Willesee Wriedt

Annabelle Scott Sim Wedgwood, Dame

Ivy

Withers Wood Wright Young

McClelland Mulvihill

T eller:

Senator O’Byrne

Alister Marriott Senator Cotton

Teller:

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Byrne moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion add “but the Senate is of the opinion that the Budget should be withdrawn and redrafted because it—

(1) fails to make any real attempt to eliminate the pockets of poverty developing in this affluent society;

(2) fails to present any financial or economic policy which recognises the urgent need to stimulate the natural population growth and in particular:

(a) to direct financial aid to larger families, which by their numbers are contri­ buting greatly to the Australian population, and which comprise some of the most extreme areas of hardship;

(b) to provide increased child endowment payments for any families;

(c) to provide financial support in that segment of education where it is most urgently needed to relieve the financial burden upon families namely, primary education, including aid to independent primary schools;

(3) fails to ameliorate in any way the restrictive operation of the Means Test;

(4) fails to stimulate National Development by increasing and developing sub­ stantial communities at the points of recent discoveries and natural resource exploitation and with the consequential reduction of the undesirable increase of urban population, particularly in the capital cities;

(5) reflects the persistence by the Government in its policy of considering Social Services solely in political terms and its refusal to establish an Independent Tribunal of experts to determine and fix the level of Social Service payments;

(6) fails to provide an expanded and adequate defence policy which is increasingly necessary in view of the threat to Australia’s security and world peace by the new strategic situation East of Suez, by the Communist aggression in Viet-Nam,by Communist pressure both internal and external on the free nations lying to the

north of the Australian continent, and by the most recent demonstration of the aggressive militarism of Communism in Czechoslovakia”.

Debate continued.

Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put.

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The Senate divided— Ayes, 3

Senator— Teller:

Gair Senator Byrne

Little

Amendment negatived accordingly. Original Question—That the Senate take note of the Papers—put and passed. 7 Papers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Air Force Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 98.

Customs Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 100, 101. Naval Defence Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 99. Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 102. Post and Telegraph Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 97. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968—

No. 121—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 122—Meat Inspectors’ Association, Commonwealth Public Service. No. 123—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. Nos. 124 and 125—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division

Officers). No. 126—Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 127—Commonwealth Pub' rvice Artisans’ Assoc'atio , No. 128—Transport Workers’ Union of Australia Nos. 129 and 130—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division

Officers). No. 131—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Associatio No. 132—Commonwealth Foremen’s Association of Australia, Commonwealth Public Service. No. 133—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). No. 134—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association.

No. 135—Hospital Employees’ Federation of Australia. No. 136—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 137—Commonwealth Foremen’s Association of Australia, Commonwealth Public Service. No. 138—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 139—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 140—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 141—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers). Repatriation Act—Report of the Repatriation Commission, for year 1967-68,

Senator—

N oes, 41

Senator—

Bishop Mulvihill

Bull 0 3 y rn e

Buttfield Ormonde

Cavanagh Poke

Cohen Poyser

Devitt Prowse

Dittmer Rae

Drury Rankin, Dame

Fitzgerald Annabelle

Georges Scott

Greenwood Sim

Keeffe Wedgwood, Dame

Lacey Ivy

Laucke Wilkinson

Laught Willesee

Lawrie Withers

Lillico Wood

McClelland Wriedt

McKellar Wright

McMullin, Sir Young

Alister Marriott T eller:

Maunsell Senator Cotton

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8 P articulars of P roposed E xpenditure 1968-69— Papers: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to notice, moved—That the Senate resolve itself forthwith into a Committee of in noie ι or the purpose of considering the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Service of the year ending 30 June 1969, and the Particulars of Proposed Provision for Certain Expenditure in respect.of the year

ending 30 June 1969. Question—put and passed. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of proposed expenditure for the year 1968-69.

In the Committee

Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)—That, unless otherwise ordered, the Divisions of proposed expenditure be considered in the following order:

Division Minister in

Document Page No. Charge

A . 117-120 720-749 Department of Supply, Senator Anderson

$95,002,300

A 81-83 460-466 Repatriation Department,

B 12 885

$298,247,000 Repatriation Department, -Senator Mckellar $88,000

A 43-44 310 Department of Housing,

$5,165,000 Senator Dame

B 8 845 Department of Housing, Annabelle Rankin

$52,604,700 _

A 24-25 210 Department of Customs and

B

Excise, $21,883,000

i-Senator Scott 5 820 Department of Customs and Excis . $3 ,000

A 99-103 580-586 Department of Works, $56,289,000

B 15-16 925 Department of Works,

A 122 764

$71,045,800 Civil Defence—Repairs and -Senator Wright Maintenance, $15,000

A 122 765 Civil Defence—

Buildings, $20,000

A 6-10 101-113 Parliament, $4,719,000

A 73-80 430-459 Prime Minister’s Department, $24,837,000

B 12 880-883 Prime Minister’s Department,

$10,277,700

A 19-20 150 Department of the Cabinet

Office, $232,000 -Senator Anderson

A 90-93 520-530 Department of Trade and

Industry, $23,876,000

B 14 910-911 Department of Trade and

Industry, $765,000

A 94-97 540-554 Department of the Treasury, . $62,812,000

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Division Minister in

Document Page No. .Charge

B 14 915-917 Department of the Treasury,

$20,951,500

A 98 . 560 Advance to the Treasurer,

$20,000,000

B 15 920 Advance to the Treasurer,

A 31-34 250-252

$20,000,000

Department of External Affairs, -Senator Anderson

$63,950,000

B 6 ,830 Department of External Affairs,

$3,493,100

A 105-106 600-626 Department of Defence, $21,645,000

A 69-72 410-416 Department o f Primary Industry,' $73,230,000

B 12 875 Department of Primary

Industry, $4,310,000

A 122 760 National Service—Rural

Occupations—Re- establishment Loans and Vocational Training

Scheme, $315,000

«-Senator McKellar

A 114-116 690-717 Department of Air, $350,257,000

A 107-109 630-657 Department of the Navy, .

$215,149,500

A 110-113 660-688 Department of the Army, $385,332,000 .

A 67-68 405 Postmaster-General’s Depart-

ment, $53,132,000

B 11 870-872 Postmaster-General’s Depart­

ment, $229,069,000

A 45-47 330-332 Department of Immigration, $55,164,000

B 8 850-853 Department of Immigration,

$7,602,000 .Senator Dame

A 39-42 290-294 Department of Health, Annabelle Rankin

$24,939,000

B 7 840-843 Department of Health,

$3,751,000

A 88-89 500 Department of Social Services,

$28,819,000

B 13-14 900-901 Department of Social Services, $863,000

A 62-66 390-402 Department of National

Development, $33,944,000

B 11 865-867 Department of National

Development, $33,805,000 -Senator Scott A 84-87 480-490 Department of Shipping andTransport, $74,141,000B 13 890-891 Department of Shipping andTransport,. $45,790,000

No. 41— 12 September 1968

* Document Page Division No.

A 21-23 170-172

B 5 810

A 48-58 350-368

B 8-10 855

A 121 752

A 59-61 370-374

B 10 860

A 121 755

A 122 756

A 122 757

A 26-30 230-246

B 5-6 825-827

A 121 750

A 35-38 270-282

B 6-7 835

A 11-12 130-144

Department of Civil Aviation, $52,782,000 Department of Civil Aviation, $7,900,000 Department of the Interior,

$72,649,000 Department of the Interior, $71,194,400 Civil Defence, $756,200

Department of Labour and National Service, $10,561,000 Department of Labour and National Service, $395,000

Administration of National Service Act, $1,035,000 Post Discharge Resettle­ ment Training, $2,000 National Service—

Vocational Training Scheme—Technical Training, $220,000 Department of Education and Science, $96,529,000 Department of Education and Science, $12,960,000 National Service— Vocational Training

Scheme—University I Courses, $135,000 Department of External Territories, $90,510,000

Department of External Territories $283,800 Attorney-General's Department $14,217,000

Minister in Charge

►Senator Scott

• Senator Wright

* document A—“Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Service of the Year ending 30 June 1969“ . document B—“Particulars of Proposed Provisions for Certain Expenditure in respect of the Year ending 30 Jun 1969“ .

Ordered, on the motion of Senator Anderson—That, in relation to each Division in the particulars of proposed expenditure, the Chairman shall put the Question That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure.

Form o f Particulars o f Proposed Expenditure Documents: Senator Anderson, by leave, made a statement on changes which had been made in the form of the Documents.

Question proposed—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 720-749 Department of Supply, $95,002,300— Debate ensued. .

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And it being 10.30 p.m. : The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Bull), under Sessional Order, put the Question—That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate. Question—resolved in the affirmative.

The President resumed the Chair; and Senator Bull reported accordingly.

9 Adjournment: The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at twenty-nine minutes to eleven p.m. till Tuesday next at three

p.m.

10 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), Drake-Brockman, McManus, Milliner, Toohey (on leave) and Turnbull. R. E. Bullock,

Acting Clerk of the Senate

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