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SJ No 48 - 08 October 1968



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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o . 48

TUESDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1968

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.

2 PRAYERS.

3 Q uestions: Questions on notice were answered.

4 G overnor-G eneral’s M essages— Assent to Bills: The following Messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were presented by the Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman): C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 19

A Proposed Law intituled “Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excel­ lency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Law. Government House, Canberra, 27 September 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 20

Proposed Laws intituled: “Repatriation Act 1968” “Seamen’s War Pensions and Allowances Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Common­ wealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Laws. . Government House,

Canberra, 27 September 1968 C asey, Governor-General Message No. 21

A Proposed Law intituled “Social Services Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Law. Government House, Canberra, 27 September 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 22

A Proposed Law intituled “ Broadcasting and Television Act 1968” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the said Law. Government House, Canberra, 3 October 1968

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5 P apers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Atomic Energy Act—Interim Report of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, for year 1967-68. Egg Export Control Act—Interim Report of the Australian Egg Board, for year

1967-68. Export Payments Insurance Corporation Act—Twelfth Annual Report of the Export Payments Insurance Corporation, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General’s Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Lands Acquisition Act—Land, etc., acquired for—

Civil Aviation purposes—Mackay, Queensland. Post Office purposes— Mount Direction, Tasmania. Tea Tree Gully, South Australia. National Library Act—Eighth Annual Report of the Council of the National

Library of Australia, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General’s Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Papua and New Guinea Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 42—South Pacific Games (1969) (Amendment).

No. 43—Appropriation 1968-69. Public Service Act— Appointment—Department of Trade and Industry—J. H. Rowland. Overseas Telecommunications Act—Twenty-second Annual Report and financial

accounts of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia), together with the Auditor-General’s Report on accounts, for year ended 31 March 1968.

6 A ustralian Loan R aisings in the U nited Statesof A merica— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement concerning loan agreements, for a total borrowing of SUS180 million, negotiated in the United States of America by the Commonwealth.

7 C onstitution A lteration (D emocratic E lection of H ouse of R epresentatives) Bill 1968: There being no objection to the Motion being taken as a Formal Motion, the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), pursuant to notice, moved—That leave be given to bring in a Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution so as to provide for equal representation of the people of the several States in the House of Representatives. Question—put and passed.

8 O rder of G eneral Business after 8 p.m.—Suspension of Standing Orders: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Murphy moving a motion relating to the order of General Business after eight p.m. Question—put and passed. .

Postponement: Senator Murphy moved—That intervening General Business be post­ poned until after the consideration of Order of the Day No. 8, after eight p.m. this day. Question—put and passed.

9 Electoral D ivisions of N ew South W ales—P roposed R edistribution: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott)—That the Senate approves of the redistribution of the State of New South Wales into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs F. L. Ley, C. W.

Prince and R. F. Mallon, the Commissioners appointed for the purpose of re­ distributing the said State into Divisions, in their Report laid before the Senate on the 18th day of September, 1968, and that the names of the Divisions suggested in the Report, and indicated in the map referred to therein, be adopted, except that the

name “ Ku-ring-gai” be substituted for “ Hornsby” and the name “Grose” be substituted for “Blacktown” and the name “Cook” be substituted for “Kurnell”.

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Senator Scott, by leave, amended his motion by substituting the name “Berowra” for “Ku-ring-gai”. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved an amendment, viz.: Leave out “the Senate approves of the redistribution of the State of New South Wales into

Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs F. L. Ley, C. W. Prince and R. F. Mallon, the Commissioners appointed for the purpose of redistributing the said State into Divisions, in their Report laid before the Senate on the 18th day of September, 1968, and”, insert “, since the distribution provides for a greater equality of population in the proposed Divisions than has been allowed to develop in the existing Divisions, the Senate approves the redistribution of the State of New South Wales into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs F. L. Ley, C. W. Prince and R. F. Mallon, the Commissioners appointed for the purpose of redistributing the said State into Divisions, in their Report laid before the Senate on the 18th day of September, 1968, but does so with reluctance since the distribution:

(1) provides for a greater inequality of population of the proposed Divisions than has occurred in any previous distribution; (2) fails to provide that as nearly as is practicable one man’s vote is to be worth as much as another’s; (3) ignores the Constitution’s plain objective of making equal representation for

equal numbers of people the fundamental goal for the House of Representatives; and (4) denies the basic human right set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of govern­

ment, such will to be expressed by elections which shall be by equal suffrage, and agrees”. Debate ensued.

And General Business taking precedence of Government Business after eight p.m.—

10 Container M ethod of H andling C argoes—Select Committee—R eport: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Cormack—That the Senate take note of the Report. Debate resumed. Senator Cavanagh addressing the Chair—

And it being 10.30 p.m.—

11 A djournment: The President under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at half-past ten p.m. till to-morrow at three p.m.

12 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Dittmer, McManus (on leave), Prowse, Toohey (on leave) and Wood.

J. R . O d g e r s ,

Clerk of the Senate

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