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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 49

WEDNESDAY, 9 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 T ariff Board—A nnual R eport 1967-68—M inisterial Statement—P a per: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), pursuant to Statute, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Tariff Board Act—Annual Report of the Tariff Board, for year 1967-68, together

with Summary of Recommendations. Ordered, on the motion of Senator Anderson, that the Report be printed. Senator Anderson, by leave, made a statement relating to the Paper, and moved— That the Senate take note of the Statement. 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.

5 Papers: The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Banking Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 108. Broadcasting and Television Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 112. Defence Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 111. Lighthouses Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 109. Naval Defence Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 110. Navigation Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 117. Phosphate Fertilizers Bounty Act—Return for year 1967-68. Post and Telegraph Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 113, 118. Public Service Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 114, 115, 116.

6 A ustralia’s Participation in the U nited States L unar L anding P rogramme— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Ariderson), by leave, made a statement relating to Australia’s participation in the first manned Apollo mission scheduled, for launching on 12 October 1968, under the Lunar Landing Programme of the United States of America.

7 R epatriation (Special O verseas Service) Bill 1968—M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Repatriation (Senator McKellar), by leave, made a statement fore­ shadowing an amendment he proposed to move, in Committee of the Whole, to the Repatriation (Special Overseas Service) Bill 1968.

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8 E lectoral D ivisions of N ew South W ales—Proposed 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

redistributing 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 “ Berowra” be substituted for “ Hornsby” and the name “Grose” be substituted for “Blacktown” and the name “Cook” be substituted for “Kurnell”—And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Murphy—Leave out “the Senate approves of

the redistribution of the State of New South Wales into Electoral Divisions as pro­ posed 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 resumed. Senator Scott, by leave, amended his motion by substituting the name “Chifley” for

“Grose” . Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Murphy’s amendment)—put. The Senate divided—

A yes, 22 N oes, 26

S e n a t o r — S e n a t o r — . S e n a to r — S e n a t o r —

B is h o p M u lv ih ill A n d e r s o n M a r r i o t t

C a n t M u r p h y B u ll M a u n s e ll

C a v a n a g h O r m o n d e B u ttfie ld R a e

D e v itt P o k e B y r n e R a n k i n , D a m e

D r u r y P o y s e i C o r m a c k A n n a b e ll e

F it z g e r a ld R id le y D a v id s o n S c o t t

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n D r a k e - B r o c k m a n S im

H e n d r i c k s o n W ille s e e G a i r W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e e ffe W r ie d t G r e e n w o o d Iv y

L a c e y M c C le lla n d T e tte r :

L a u c k e L a u g h t

W ith e r s W r ig h t

M illin e r S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L a w r ie Y o u n g

Amendment negatived accordingly.

L illic o L i ttle M c K e lla r

7 e lle r :

S e n a t o r C o t t o n

Question—That the motion, as amended by leave, be agreed to—put and passed.

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9 E lectoral D ivisions of Victoria—Proposed 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 Victoria into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs C. J. A. Lack, C. E. Middleton and R. Dowell, 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 that the names of the Divisions suggested in the Report, and

indicated in the map referred to therein, be adopted, except that the name “La Trobe” be substituted for “ Maroondah” and the name “Casey” be substituted for “La Trobe” and the name “ Bruce” be substituted for “Waverley” and the name “ Holt” be substituted for “Bruce” and the name “Isaacs” be substituted for “Beaumaris”. Senator Poyser moved an amendment, viz.: Leave out “the Senate approves of the re­

distribution of the State of Victoria into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs C. J. A. Lack, C. E. Middleton and R. Dowell, 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 Victoria into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs C. J. A. Lack, C. E. Middleton and R. Dowell, 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 government,

such will to be expressed by elections which shall be by equal suffrage, and agrees” . Debate ensued. The Minister for Works (Senator Wright), by leave, amended Senator Scott’s motion

by adding at the end thereof the words “and the name ‘Scullin’ be substituted for ‘Darebin’ ”. Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator Poyser’s amendment)—put. '

The Senate divided— Ayes, 22 N oes, 26

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 is h o p M u lv ih ill A n d e r s o n M a r r io tt·

C a n t M u r p h y B u ll M a u n s e ll

C a v a n a g h O r m o n d e B u ttf ic ld R a e

D e v i n P o k e B y rn e R a n k i n , D a m e

D r u r y P o y s e r C o r m a c k A n n a b e ll e

F i t z g e r a l d R id le y D a v id s o n S c o tt

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n D r a k e - B r o c k m a n S im

H e n d r i c k s o n W ilie s t» G a i r W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e e ffe W r ie d t G r e e n w o o d Iv y

L a c e y L a u c k e W ith e r s

M c C l e l l a n d T e lle r : L a u g h t W r ig h t

M illin e r S e n a t o r O ’B y r n e L a w r ie Y o u n g

L illic o L ittle T e lle r :

M c K e l l a r S e n a t o r C o t t o n

Amendment negatived accordingly. Question—That the motion, as amended by leave, be agreed to—put and passed.

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10 Electoral D ivisions of Q ueensland—P roposed Redistribution: 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 Queensland into Electoral Divisions as proposed by Messrs I. F. Weise, E. F. Lane and E. Smith, 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 that the names of the Divisions suggested in the Report, and indicated in the map referred to therein, be adopted. Senator Georges moved an amendment, viz.: Leave out all words after “That”, insert

“the Senate disapproves of the distribution of the State of Queensland into Electoral Divisions as proposed by the Distribution Commissioners, for the reasons stated in the dissent expressed by the Chairman of the Commissioners, Mr I. F. Weise, Com­ monwealth Electoral Officer for Queensland, and requests the Minister to refer back to the Commissioners the redistribution of the State of Queensland into Electoral Divisions for a fresh distribution” . Debate ensued. Senator Keeffe addressing the Chair—

And it being 11 p.m.—

11 A djournment: 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 a quarter to twelve o’clock midnight till to-morrow at eleven a.m.

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

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

23287/68 By Authority: A. J. Arthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra