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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 56

THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1968

1 M eeting of S en ate: The Senate met at eleven a.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 N otice of M o t io n : Senator Withers, by leave, gave notice of a motion.

5 P a per s: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Aged Persons Homes—List of homes subsidised under the Aged Persons Homes Act, as at 30 June 1968.

International Labour Organization—Report of the Australian Government, Employers’ and Workers’ Delegates to the Fifty-first Session of the International Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1967. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute:

National Fitness Act—Annual Report, for year 1967. Seat of Government (Administration) Act— Ordinance—1968—No. 21—Seat of Government (Administration) (No. 2). Statement of Receipts and Expenditure of the Australian Capital Territory, for

year 1967-68.

6 P ublic W orks C ommittee— R e p o r t: Senator Prowse brought up the following Report from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works: Proposed construction of a Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory, Coburg, Victoria. Senator Prowse, by leave, made a statement in connection with the Report.

7 P ostpon em en t: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That Government Business, Orders of the Day Nos. 1 and 2, be postponed until after the consideration of the Order of the Day No. 3.

8 R epatriation (S pecial O verseas Service) 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. 88

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘Repatriation (Special Overseas Service) Act 1962-1966’ to provide jor the payment o f Service Pensions and for the Extension, in certain cases, o f a period o f Special Service to include a period o f Service in Australia", and

acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment. House o f Representatives, W. J. A sto n,

Canberra, 23 October 1968 Speaker

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9 Particulars of Proposed E xpend iture 1968-69—P a pers: 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: 250-252 Department of External Affairs, $63,950,000; and 830 ,, ,, ,, ,, , $3,493,100 (after further debate);

600-626 Department of Defence, $21,645,000 (after debate); 660-688 Department of the Army, $385,332,000 (after further debate); 690-717 Department of Air, $350,257,000 (after further debate) ; 405 Postmaster-General’s Department, $53,132,000; and 870-872 „ „ „ , $229,069,000 (after debate).

Question proposed—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 330-332 Department of Immigration, $55,164,000; and 850-853 „ „ „ , $7,602,000.

Debate ensued. Ordered—That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake-Brock man) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Laught) resumed the Chair; and Senator Drake- Brockman 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 on the next day of sitting.

10 P rinting C ommittee— F ifth R e po r t: Senator Marriott brought up the following Report from the Printing Committee:

F ifth R eport

The Printing Committee has the honour to report that it has met in Conference with the Printing Committee of the House of Representatives. The Joint Committee, having considered the Petitions and Papers presented to Parliament since the last meeting of the Committee, and other Papers presented to

Parliament this Session, recommends that the following be printed: Atomic Energy Act—Sixteenth Annual Report of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, together with financial accounts and the Auditor- General's Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Australian Research Grants Committee—List of grants approved on the

recommendation of the Australian Research Grants Committee for 1969. Commonwealth Police Act—Eighth Annual Report of the Commonwealth Police Force by the Attorney-General, for year 1967-68. Commonwealth Scholarships Board—Annual Report for 1967. Commonwealth-State Literature Agreement—Agreement between the Govern­

ments of the Commonwealth and of the States of Australia in relation to the administration of Laws relating to blasphemous, indecent or obscene literature, dated 15 October 1967. Fishing Industry Act—Twelfth Annual Report by the Minister on the operation

of the Act, for 1967-68. International Labour Organization—Report of the Australian Government, Employers’ and Workers’ Delegates to the Fifty-first Session of the Inter­ national Labour Conference, Geneva, June 1967.

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Medical Research Endowment Act—Thirtieth Annual Report of the National Health and Medical Research Council, for 1967. National Fitness Act—Annual Report, for 1967. Phosphate Fertilizers Bounty Act—Return for year 1967-68. Poultry Industry Assistance Act—Third Annual Report by the Minister on

the operation of the Act, for year 1967-68. Programmes and Policies for the Economic Development of Papua and New Guinea, September 1968. Qantas Airways Limited—Thirty-fourth Annual Report and financial accounts,

for year ended 31 March 1968. Seat of Government (Administration) Act—Statement of Receipts and Expenditure of the Australian Capital Territory, for year 1967-68. Sulphuric Acid Bounty Act—Return for year 1966-67. Wine Overseas Marketing Act—Fortieth Annual Report of the Australian

Wine Board, for year 1967-68, together with statement by Minister re­ garding the operation of the Act. J. E. M arriott 24 October 1968. Senator Marriott moved, by leave—That the Report be adopted. Question—put and passed.

11 N ext M eeting of Senate : The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Tuesday, 5 November 1968, at three p.m. Question—put and passed.

12 A d jo u r n m en t: The Senate adjourned at twenty-three minutes past ten p.m. till Tuesday, 5 November 1968, at three p.m.

13 A tt e n d a n c e: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Dittmer (on leave), McManus (on leave), Toohey (on leave), Webster (on leave) and Wood.

J. R. O d g ers, Clerk of the Senate

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