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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o . 43

WEDNESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1968

1 M eeting ok Sen ate: 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 P a per s: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Act—Fourth Annual Report of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General's Report thereon, for year 1967-68.

Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 39—Dangerous Drugs (Extension of Definition). No. 40—Public Service Board. No. 41—I.D.A. (Agricultural Development) Credit Agreement. War Service Homes Act—Report of the Director of War Service Homes, together

with financial statements, for year 1967-68.

5 Notices ok Mo t io n: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), by leave, gave six Notices of Motion.

6 A ir Pollution — Select Committee : The President reported that he had received a letter from Senator Ormonde requesting his discharge from the Select Committee on Air Pollution. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved, by leave—That Senator

Ormonde 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 Opposition appointing Senator Georges to fill the vacancy.

7 Repatriation Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President . Message No. 67

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled " A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘ Repatriation Act 1920-1967’ so as to provide for increases in the Rates o f certain War Pensions, for an Allowance to Compensate for Serious Incapacity and for matters in connexion with Service Pensions, and to appropriate

the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purpose o f Payments resulting from this Act ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

' House of Representatives, L. J. Failes,

Canberra, 17 September 1968. Deputy Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar), pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through all its stages without delay.

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Question—put and passed. On the motion of Senator McKellar the Bill was read a first time. Senator McKellar moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Bishop the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

8 Seamen’s W ar Pensions and A llowances Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r P resident, Message No. 68

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Act 1940-1967' so as to provide for an increase in the Rates o f certain Pensions and Allowances and to provide for an Allowance to compensate for serious incapacity, and for matters

connected therewith ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, L. J. F ailes,

Canberra, 17 September 1968. Deputy Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar), pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through all its stages without delay. Question—put and passed. On the motion of Senator McKellar the Bill was read a first time. Senator McKellar moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Bishop the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

9 P articulars oe Proposed E xpenditure 1968-69—Papers: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of proposed expenditure for the year 1968-69.

In the Committee

Question proposed—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 460-466 Repatriation Department, $298,247,000; and 885 Repatriation Department, $88,000— Debate ensued. Ordered—That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake-Brockman) report

progress and ask leave to sit again.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees reported that the Committee had considered the proposed expenditure for the year 1968-69 and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again at a later hour of the day.

10 Papers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Redistribution of States into Electoral Divisions— Statement by Mr F. L. Ley, a Distribution Commissioner for the State of New

South Wales, showing his reasons for dissent from the proposals by the Dis­ tribution Commissioners relating to the Divisions of Lyne and New England. Statement by Mr I. F. Weise, a Distribution Commissioner for the State of Queensland, showing his reasons for dissent from the proposals by the Dis­

tribution Commissioners relating to the Divisions of Capricornia, Darling Downs, Dawson, Fisher, Kennedy, Maranoa and Wide Bay.

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The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Commonwealth Electoral Act—Reports, (with Maps, copies of suggestions, com­ ments or objections) by the Commissioners appointed for the purposes of re­ distributing into Electoral Divisions the States of:

New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania. Victoria Western Australia

11 P articulars of Proposf.d E x pend iture 1968-69—P a per s: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of proposed expenditure for the year 1968-69.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of the Question—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 460-466 Repatriation Department, $298,247,000; and 885 Repatriation Department, $88,000— Senator Bishop moved an amendment, viz.: At end of Question add “and recommends

to the Senate that a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon all aspects of expenditure on and in connection with repatriation and all matters incidental thereto”. ·

Debate continued.

And it being 11 p.m.: The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood), under Sessional Order, put the Question—That she do leave the Chair and report to the Senate. Question—resolved in the affirmative.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brock man) resumed the Chair; and Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood reported accordingly.

12 A d jo u r n m e n t: The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman), under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at sixteen minutes past eleven p.m. till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

13 A tte n d a n c e: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), McManus, and Toohey (on leave).

R. E. B u l lo c k, Acting Clerk of the Senate

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