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SJ No 46 - 25 September 1968

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


3 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

4 P apers : The following Paper was presented by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General : Commonwealth Scholarships Board—Annual Report for 1967. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute:

Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act—Regulations^Statutory Rules 1968, No. 105. National Capital Development Commission Act—Eleventh Annual Report of the National Capital Development Commission, together with financial statements

and the Auditor-General’s Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Public Service Act—Regulatibns^Statutory Rules 1968, No. 107. Seamen’s War Pensions and Allowances Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968,

No. 106. Sulphuric Acid Bounty Act—Return for year 1966-67. Trade Practices Act—First Annual Report of the Commissioner of Trade Practices, for year 1967-68.

5 Leave of A bsence: The Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party (Senator Gair) moved, by leave—That Senator McManus be granted leave of absence for two months on account of absence overseas. Question—put and passed.

6 Social Services Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Senator Fitzgerald moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion add “but the Senate regrets that the Government has failed to—

(1) increase pension rates sufficiently to enable pensioners to maintain a reasonable standard of living; -

(2) adjust all social service benefits in each year’s Budget to meet the increased cost of living; (3) implement their policy of abolishing the means test as promised as long ago as 1949; and (4) make benefits retrospective from 1 July, 1968”. Debate ensued. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till a later hour of the day, and that Senator

O’Byrne have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

7 N otice of M otion : Senator Wood, By leave, gave notice of a motion.

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8 S o c ia l S erv ices B il l 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Fitzgerald (see page 223). Debate resumed. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added (Senator Fitzgerald’s

amend ment)—put. The Senate divided—

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S e n a to r— S e n a to r— S e n a to r— S e n a to r—

B ish o p M ulvihiU A n d e rs o n P ro w se

C a v a n a g h M u rp h y B ull R a e

C o h e n O rm o n d e B u ttfield R a n k in , D a m e

D e v itt P o y ser B y rn e A n n a b e lle

D h tm e r R id ley D r a k e -B ro c k m a n S c o tt

D ru ry W h e e ld o n G a ir S im

F itz g e ra ld W ilk in so n G re e n w o o d W e b s te r

G e o rg e s W illesee L a u c k e W ed g w o o d , D a m e

H e n d ric k so n W rie d t L a u g h t Ivy

K eeffe L a w rie W ith e rs

L acey L ittle W o o d

M c C le lla n d T e lle r : M c K e U a r W rig h t

M illin e r S e n a to r O ’B y rn e M c M u llin , Sir Y o u n g

A lis te r M a rr io tt T eller:

M a u n se ll S e n a to r C o tto n

Amendment negatived accordingly. Question—That this Bill be now read a second time—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 debated.

And it being 11 p.m.: The Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake-Brockman), 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 Drake-Brockman reported accordingly.

9 A d jo u r n m e n t : The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. ’ Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at one minute past eleven p.m. till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

10 A t t e n d a n c e : Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Cant (on leave), Cormack, Davidson (on leave), McManus (on leave), Poke, and Toohey (on leave). J. R. O d g e r s,

Clerk of the Senate

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