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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 58

WEDNESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 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 P apers: The following Papers were presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Elections 1967—Statistical Returns showing the voting within each Subdivision in relation to the Senate Election, 1967, viz.:

New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania

Victoria Western Australia.

The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: Australian National Airlines Act—Twenty-third Annual Report of the Australian National Airlines Commission, together with financial accounts and the Auditor- General’s Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Commonwealth Grants Commission Act—Thirty-fifth Report of the Common­

wealth Grants Commission (1968). Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Act—Seventh Annual Report of the Common­ wealth Serum Laboratories Commission, together with financial accounts and

the Auditor-General’s Report thereon, for year 1967-68. Norfolk Island Act—Ordinance—1968—No. 6—Provident Account. Northern Territory (Administration) Act—Ordinances—1968— No. 69—Traffic (No. 3).

No. 70—Valuation of Land (No. 2). No. 71—Police and Police Offences (No. 3). No. 72—Firearms (No. 2). Seat of Government (Administration) Act— Ordinance—1968—No. 22—Liquor. Regulations—1968—

No. 5 (Public Health Ordinance). No. 6 (Canberra Community Hospital Ordinance). Sugar Agreement Act—Thirty-seventh Annual Report of the Fruit Industry Sugar Concession Committee, together with the statement of receipts and expenditure

certified by the Auditor-General, for year ended 31 August 1968.

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5 M inisterial A rrangements : The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, informed the Senate that, during the absence from Australia of Mr Swartz who would be attending the ceremonial opening of the aeronautical fixed telecommunica­ tion network for civil aviation in Indonesia, Senator Scott would act as Minister for Civil Aviation.

6 Income T ax Assessment Bill (No. 4) 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. 91

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Law relating to Income Tax”, in which it desires the con­ currence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 5 November 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), 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 Anderson the Bill was read a first time. Senator Anderson 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.

7 A ir N avigation (C harges) 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. 92

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to Charges in respect of Commonwealth Air Navigation Facilities and Services'’, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 5 November 1968 Speaker

Suspension of Standing Orders: The Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott), 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 Scott the Bill was read a first time. 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.

8 P articulars of P roposed E xpenditure 1968-69—Papers : 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: 330-332 Department of Immigration, 555,164,000; and 850-853 „ „ ,, , $7,602,000 (after further debate);

290-294 Department of Health, 524,939,000; and 840-843 „ „ „ , $3,751,000 (after debate);

500 Department of Social Services, $28,819,000; and 900-901 „ „ „ „ , 5863,000 (after debate).

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Question proposed—That the Committee take note of the proposed expenditure in relation to the following Divisions: 390-402 Department of National Development, $33,944,000; and 865-867 „ „ „ „ , $33,805,000.

Debate ensued. Senator Keeffe moved—That further consideration of the Divisions relating to the Department of National Development be postponed. Question—put. The Committee divided—

A y e s , 2 0 N o e s , 2 7

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 illin e r A n d e r s o n M a r r i o t t

C a n t M u lv ih iU B u ll M a u n s e ll

C a v a n a g h M u r p h y B y r n e P r o w s e

C o h e n O r m o n d e C o m v a c k R a e

D e v i t t P o k e D a v id s o n R a n k i n , D a m e

D r u r y W h e e ld o n D r a k e - B r o c k m a n A n n a b e l l e

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n G a i r S c o tt

H e n d r i c k s o n W r ie d t G r e e n w o o d S im

K e e f fe L a u c k e W ith e r s

L a c e y T e lle r : L a u g h t W o o d

M c C le lla n d S e n a t o r O ’B y r n e L a w r ie W r ig h t

L illic o L i ttle M c K e l l a r

Y o u n g

M c M u l l i n , S ir T e lle r :

A lis te r S e n a t o r C o t t o n

And so it was negatived. Debate continued.

And it being 11 p.m. : The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Wood), under Sessional Order, put the Question—That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate. Question—resolved in the affirmative.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) resumed the Chair; and Senator Wood reported accordingly.

9 Adjournment : The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman), 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 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Dittmer (on leave), McManus (on leave), Poyser, Toohey (on leave), Webster (on leave) and Dame Ivy Wedgwood.

J. R. O d g e r s, Clerk of the Senate

2 4 7 1 3 /6 8 By Authority: A . J. A rthur, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra