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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 60

TUESDAY, 12 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, pursuant to Statute: Lands Acquisition Act—Land acquired for Defence purposes—Monegeeta, Victoria. Nitrogenous Fertilizers Subsidy Act—Return for year 1967-68. Public Service Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 134. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968—

No. 241—Postal Telecommunication Technicians’ Association (Australia). No. 256—Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia and others. No. 258—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association.

No. 259—Australian Workers’ Union. No. 260—Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia and others. No. 261—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others.

No. 262—Transport Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 263—Printing and Kindred Industries Union. No. 264—Customs Officers’ Association of Australia (Fourth Division); and Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 265—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association and others. No. 266—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association. No. 267—Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

Technical Association. No. 268—Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Draughtsmen of Australia. Superannuation Act—Regulation—Statutory Rules 1968, No. 135.

5 P ublic W orks Committee—R eports: Senator Prowse brought up the following Reports from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works: Proposed construction of Airline Maintenance Bases for Domestic Airlines at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

Proposed construction of a Television Transmitting Station at Mount Bellenden Ker, Cairns, Queensland. Senator Prowse, by leave, made a statement in connection with each Report.

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6 E ighth E ldo L aunching at Woomera— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement concerning the eighth launching in the ELDO programme scheduled to take place from Woomera on 18 November 1968.

7 O rder of Business: Senator Gair, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Gair moving a motion relating to the order of Business on the Notice Paper. Question—put and passed. Postponement: Senator Gair moved—That General Business, Order of the Day No. 3,

be postponed until after the consideration of General Business, Order of the Day No. 4. Debate ensued.

Question—put and passed.

8 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. 26

A Proposed Law intituled “Repatriation (Special Overseas Service) 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 Law. Government House, Canberra, 31 October 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 27

A Proposed Law intituled “Loan (Housing) 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, 6 November 1968 Casey,

Governor-General Message No. 28

Proposed Laws intituled— “Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1968-69” -

“Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1968-69” 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, 8 November 1968

9 War Services H omes 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. 96

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to amend the ''War Service Homes Act 1918-1966’ ” , in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 8 November 1968 a.m. Speaker

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Suspension o f Standing Orders: The Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin), 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 Dame Annabelle Rankin the Bill was read a first time. Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of Senator Poke the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

10 C ustoms T ariff Bill (N o. 2) 1968—Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 95

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to Duties o f Customs”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 7 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. Debate ensued. Question—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 agreed to. Bill to be reported without requests.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) reported accordingly. On the motion of Senator Scott the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

11 W heat Industry Stabilization Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Senator Wilkinson moved an amendment, viz.: Leave out all words after “That”, insert “the Bill be withdrawn and redrafted to provide for a one price scheme for home

consumption and export wheat commencing with a price which will return to the grower $1.48 f.o.r. per bushel which is equivalent to a guaranteed price of $1.5 l i f.o.b. per bushel for exports up to a maximum of 200 million bushels from the crop of any

season”. On the motion of Senator Bull the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of

the day.

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12 R emoval of P risoners (A ustralian C apital T erritory) Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Repre­ sentatives was received and read:

M r President, Message No. 97

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to the Removal from the Australian Capital Territory to Prisons in the State o f New South Wales o f Prisoners and certain other Persons, and for other purposes”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 12 November 1968 Speaker

Suspension of Standing Orders: The Minister for Works (Senator Wright), 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 Wright the Bill was read a first time. Senator Wright moved—That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate ensued. Question—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 agreed to, after debate. Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) reported accordingly. On the motion of Senator Wright the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

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

13 R eview of D eath Penalty in the A ustralian C apital T erritory and N orthern T erritory— M inisterial Statement: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Cavanagh—That the Senate take note of the Statement. Debate resumed. Question—put and passed.

14 Constitution A lteration (D emocratic Election of State Parliaments) Bill 1968: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), according to Order moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of the Minister for Works (Senator Wright) the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

15 I ndependent Schools (F inancial A ssistance) Bill 1968: Senator Gair, according to Order moved—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of the Minister for Works (Senator Wright) the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

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16 A ntarctica— M inisterial Statement: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by Senator Cotton—That the Senate take note of the Statement. Debate resumed. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator

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

17 R emoval of Prisoners (A ustralian C apital T erritory) Bill 1968—Governor-General's Message: The following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General was presented by the President: C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 29

A Proposed Law intituled "Removal o f Prisoners (Australian Capital Territory) 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, 12 November 1968

18 A djournment: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That the Senate do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. The Senate adjourned at twenty minutes past eleven p.m. till tomorrow at three p.m.

19 A ttendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Buttfield, Cohen, Dittmer (on leave), McManus (on leave), Toohey (on leave) and Webster (on leave).

J. R. ODOERS, Clerk of the Senate

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