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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 44

THURSDAY, 19 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 P etition: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) presented a petition from the President and Secretary of the Australian Capital Territory Trades and Labour Council praying that Parliament institute a full judicial inquiry into the cost of living in the Australian Capital Territory. Petition received and read.

4 Questions: Questions on notice were answered.

5 Papers: The following Paper was presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Commonwealth Railways—Financial statements, for year 1967-68. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute:

Air Navigation Act—Eighth Annual Report by the Minister on the administration of the Act and Regulations and other matters relating to civil air navigation, for year 1967-68.

Gold-Mining Industry Assistance Act—Fourteenth Annual Statement by the Minister on the operation of the Act and the payment of subsidy, for year 1967-68. Science and Industry Endowment Act—Report of the Auditor-General on the accounts of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, for year 1967-68. Social Services Act—Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the Director-General of

Social Services, for year 1967-68. States Grants (Teachers Colleges) Act—First Annual Statement by the Minister of payments authorized under the Act and projects for which payments were

authorized, for year 1967-68.

6 F isheries N egotiations with J apan—M inisterial Statement : The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to negotiations between Australian and Japanese officials on Japanese fishing in waters off Australia and the Australian Territories.

7 C ustoms Bill (N o. 2) 1968: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to the Customs. Question—put and passed.

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Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved— That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed. Senator Scott moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byme the debate was adjourned. • Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

8 Excise Bill (N o. 2) 1968 : The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to Excise. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed. '

Senator Scott moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

9 D istillation Bill (N o. 2) 1968: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to Distillation. Question—put and passed. - ■

Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved— That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

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

of sitting.

10 Beer E xcise A ct R epeal Bill 1968: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to repeal the Beer Excise Act 1901-1968, and for purposes related thereto. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension o f Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed. Senator Scott moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of

sitting. :

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11 C anned F ruit E xcise A ct Repeal Bill 1968: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to repeal the Canned Fruit Excise Act 1963-1968, and for purposes related thereto. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed. Senator Scott moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byme the debate was adjourned.

Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

12 Sales T ax Assessment Bill (No. 5) 1968: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave -be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to give effect, in relation to Sales Tax, to the European Convention on Customs Treatment of Pallets used in International Transport. Question—put and passed. Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Scott read a first time. Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Scott, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay. . . .

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

of sitting.

13 Post and T elegraph R ates Bill 1968—Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:

M r P resident, Message N o. 69

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to Postal. Charges ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 18 September 1968 Speaker

Suspension of Standing Orders: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), 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 Dame Annabelle Rankin the Bill was read a first time. Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Wilkinson the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

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14 R epatriation Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. . . Senator Bishop moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion add “but the Senate is of the opinion that a Select Committee of the Senate should be appointed to examine

and report upon the adequacy of the rates and allowances proposed, and all other aspects of repatriation affected by the Bill, and in particular report whether the amendments to be made by the Bill to the Repatriation Act are Sufficient”. Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 26 N oes, 24

S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — ■

B i s h o p M c C l e l l a n d A n d e r s o n P r o w s e ,-

B y r n e M i l l i n e r B u l l R a e

C a v a n a g h M u l v i h i l l B u t t f i e l d R a n k i n , D a m e

C o h e n M u r p h y C o r m a c k A n n a b e l l e

D e v i t t O r m o n d e D r a k e - B r o c k m a n S c o t t

D i t t m e r P o y s e r G r e e n w o o d S i m

D r u r y R i d l e y L a u c k e W e b s t e r

F i t z g e r a l d W h e e l d o n L a u g h t W e d g w o o d , D a m e

G a i r W i l k i n s o n L a w r i e I v y

G e o r g e s W i l l e s e e L i l l i c o W i t h e r s

K e e f f e W r i e d t M c K e l l a r W r i g h t

K e n n c l l y L a c e y T e t t e r :

M c M u l l i n , S i r

A l i s t e r

Y o u n g 7 e l te r :

L i t t l e S e n a t o r O ' B y r n e M a u n s e l l S e n a t o r C o t t o n

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Main Question, as amended—put and passed. Bill read a second time. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration

of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Taught) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drakc-Brockman) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

15 Seamen’s W ar Pensions and A llowances Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. Question—put and passed.

Bill read a second time. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole. :

And Senator Bishop proposing to move an amendment, viz: Page 2, after clause 3, insert the following new clause-“ 3a. After section 8 of the Principal Act, insert the following section— ‘8a . Where an appeal to the Commission under section 7 of this Act fails, the

claimant may appeal to an Appeal Tribunal established under the Repatriation Act 1920-1967 and the Tribunals established under that Act are vested- with the necessary powers to hear and determine the appeal.’.”— ........

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Debate ensued. Ordered—That the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) resumed the Chair; and Senator Laught reported that the Committee had considered the Bill 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.

16 Particulars of Proposed E xpenditure 1968-69—P apers: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of proposed ex­ penditure for the year 1968-69.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of Divisions: 460-466 Repatriation Department, $298,247,000; and 885 Repatriation Department, $88,000, and of the amendment moved by Senator Bishop to the Question—That the Committee take note of the proposed ex­ penditure, 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” . Senator Bishop, by leave, withdrew his proposed amendment. Question—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure—put and passed.

Ordered—That the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Bull) resumed the Chair; and Senator Laught 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.

17 Seamen’s W ar Pensions and A llowances Bill 1968: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of the Bill and of the amendment proposed to be moved by Senator Bishop for the insertion of new clause 3a. Point of Order: The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar) raised a Point of Order that the proposed amendment would contravene Standing Order 201.

Decision o f Chairman: Senator Drake-Brockman ruled the proposed amendment not in order as it was not relevant to the subject-matter of the Bill. Bill agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Laught) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake-Brockman) reported accordingly. On the motion of Senator McKellar the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Billhead a third time.

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18 Broadcasting and T elevision Bill 1968—Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 70

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A BUI for an Act to amend section 128 of the *Broadcasting and Television Act 1942-1967' ", in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 19 September 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), 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 Dame Annabelle Rankin the Bill was read a first time. Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator McClelland the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

19 Particulars of P roposed E xpenditure 1968-69—P apers: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of proposed expenditure for the year 1968-69.

In the Committee

The Committee took note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 310 Department of Housing, $5,165,000; and 845 Department of Housing, $52,604,700 (after debate). Ordered—That the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Bull) report progress

and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Laught) resumed the Chair; and Senator Bull reported that the Committee had considered the particulars of 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.

20 Social Services Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: Mr President, Message No. 71

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A BUI for ■ an Act to amend the ‘Social Services Act 1947-1967' ", in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 19 September 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), 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 Dame Annabelle Rankin the Bill was read a first time. Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator O’Byrne the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of

sitting.

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21 Adjournment: The Senate adjourned at six minutes past ten p.m. till Tuesday next at three p.m.

22 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Davidson (on leave), McManus, Marriott, Toohey (on leave) and Wood.

R. E. Bullock, Acting Clerk of the Senate

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