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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE No. 63

TUESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 1968

1 M eeting of Senate: The Senate met at half-past two 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 a per: The following Paper was presented pursuant to Statute: Lands Acquisition Act—Land acquired for drainage purposes—Nightcliff, Northern Territory.

5 O rder of Business: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to the Order of Business.

6 C ustoms T ariff Bill (N o. 2) 1968—Governor-General’s Message: The following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General was presented by the Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman).

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 30

A Proposed Law intituled "Customs Tariff (No. 2) 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, 14 November 1968

7 W ar Service H omes Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. 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

Clause 1 agreed to. Clause 2 debated and agreed to. Clause 3 agreed to. Clause 4 read— Senator Poke moved an amendment, viz.: Page 2, before paragraph (a) insert the

following paragraph: "(aa) by omitting from sub-section (1.) the definition of ‘Australian Soldier’ and inserting in its stead the following definition: ‘Australian Soldier’ means a serving member of the Forces or a former member who has been honourably discharged Debate ensued.

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Disorder in Committee: Senator Keeffe, having used words to which objection was taken on the grounds of their being offensive, and having refused to withdraw the words when called upon, was named by the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood), who thereupon suspended the proceedings of the Committee.

The President resumed the Chair; and Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood reported that Senator Keeffe had committed an offence. Senator Keeffe, having been called upon in accordance with Standing Order 440, made an explanation and apology to the Senate. Suspension o f Senator: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved—That

Senator Keeffe be suspended from the sitting of the Senate. Question—put. The Senate divided— Ayes, 27 N oes, 23

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 —

A n d e r s o n M a u n s e ll B is h o p M illin e r

B u ll P r o w s e C a n t M u lv ih ill

B y rn e R a e C a v a n a g h M u r p h y

C o r m a c k R a n k i n , D a m e C o h e n O r m o n d e

D r a k e - B r o c k m a n A n n a b e l l e D e v itt P o k e

G a i r S c o tt D r u r y P o y s e r

G r e e n w o o d S im F i t z g e r a l d R id le y

L a u c k e W e d g w o o d , D a m e G e o r g e s W h e e ld o n

L a u g h t Iv y K e e f fe W ilk in s o n

L a w r ie W ith e r s K e n n e ll y W r ie d t

L illic o W o o d L a o e y T e lle r :

L i ttle W r ig h t M c C l e l l a n d S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e

M c K c l l a r Y o u n g

M c M u I lin , S ir A lis te r T e lle r :

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

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Senator Keeffe thereupon withdrew from the Chamber. The President left the Chair; and the Committee resumed.

In the Committee

Clause 4, and the amendment moved thereto by Senator Poke, further debated. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted (Senator Poke’s amend­ ment)—put. The Committee divided—

Ayes, 22 N oes, 27

S e n a t o r — S e n a to 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 u n s e ll

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

C a v a n a g h O r m o n d e B y rn e R a e

C o h e n P o k e C o r m a c k R a n k i n , D a m e

D e v itt P o y s e r D r a k e - B r o c k m a n A n n a b e ll e

D r u r y R id le y G a i r S c o tt

F i t z g e r a l d W h e e ld o n G r e e n w o o d S im

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n L a u c k e W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e n n e ll y W r ie d t L a u g h t Iv y

L a c e y L a w r ie W ith e r s

M c C l e l l a n d T e lle r : L illic o W o o d

M illin e r S e n a t o r O 'B y r n e L i t t l e W r ig h t

M c K e l l a r Y o u n g

M c M u I lin , S ir A lis te r T e lle r :

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

Amendment negatived accordingly. Clause 4 agreed to. Clauses 5 and 6, by leave, taken together, and agreed to.

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Clause 7 read— Senator Poke moved an amendment, viz.: Page 2, line 38, leave out “ ‘Eight thousand dollars’ ”, insert “ ‘Twelve thousand dollars’ Debate ensued.

And General Business taking precedence o f Government Business after eight p.m.— 8 Commonwealth E lectoral Bill 1968: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), pursuant to leave granted on 14 August 1968, brought up a Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918-1966 to provide for enrolment and Voting at

the Age of Eighteen Years. On the motion of Senator Murphy the Bill was read a first time. Senator Murphy moved by leave—That this Bill be now read a second time. On the motion of the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Scott) the debate was

adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting. 9 M arriage Bill 1968: The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), pursuant to

leave granted on 14 August 1968, brought up a Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961-1966 to provide that for the Purpose of Marriage a Minor shall mean a person who has not attained the Age of Eighteen Years. On the motion of Senator Murphy the Bill was read a first time. Senator Murphy moved by leave—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.

10 Postponement: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That further consideration of General Business be postponed until after consideration of Government Business.

11 Pa per: The following Paper was presented, pursuant to Statute: Scat of Government (Administration) Act—Ordinance—1968—No. 23—Com­ panies (Life Insurance Holding Companies).

12 W ar Service H omes Bill 1968: The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of clause 7 and o f the amendment moved thereto by Senator Poke, viz.:Leave out “ ‘Eight thousand dollars’”, insert “ ‘Twelve thousand dollars’”. Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put. The Committee divided—

Ayes, 21 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 illin e r B u ll M a u n s c ll

C a n t M u lv ih ill B y r n e P r o w s e

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

C o h e n P o k e D r a k e - B r o c k m a n R a n k i n , D a m e

D e v itt P o y s e r G a i r A n n a b e ll e

D r u r y R id le y G r e e n w o o d S c o tt

F it z g e r a ld W h e e ld o n L a u c k e S im

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n L a u g h t W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e n n e lly W r i e d t L a w r ie Iv y

L a c e y T e lle r : L illic o W ith e r s

M c C le lla n d S e n a t o r O ’B y r n e L i ttle W o o d

M c K e l l a r W r ig h t

M c M u l l i n , S ir Y o u n g

A lis te r T e lle r :

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

Amendment negatived accordingly. Clause 7 agreed to.

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Senator Poke moved a further amendment, viz.: Page 2, after clause 7, insert the following new clause: “7a. Section 20 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (1.) the words ‘Subject to this Act and to the directions of the Minister as to matters

of general policy, the Director may, upon application in writing’ and inserting in their stead the words ‘Subject to this Act, the Director may, upon application in writing, unless prevented by the regulations' Debate ensued. Question—That the proposed new clause be inserted in the Bill—put. The Committee divided—

Ayes, 21 N obs, 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 i l lin e r B u ll M a u n s e ll

C a n t M u lv ih iU B y rn e P r o w s e

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

C o h e n P o k e D r a k e - B r o c k m a n R a n k i n , D a m e

D e v itt P o y s e r G a i r A n n a b e ll e

D r u r y R id le y G r e e n w o o d S c o tt

F it z g e r a ld W h e e ld o n L -a u c k e S im

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n L a u g h t W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e n n c lly W r ie d t L a w r ie Iv y

L a c e y T e lle r : L illic o W ith e r s

M c C le lla n d S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L ittle W o o d

M c K e l l a r W r ig h t

M c M u l l i n , S ir Y o u n g

A lis te r T e lle r :

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

Amendment negatived accordingly. Senator Poke moved a further amendment, viz.: Page 2, after clause 7, insert the following new clause: “ 7a. Section 20a of the Principal Act is amended by omitting the words ‘The

Director shall not, except with the approval of the Minister’ and inserting in their stead the words ‘The Director may, unless prevented by the regulations’ ” . Debate ensued. Question—That the proposed new clause be inserted in the Bill—put. The Committee divided—

Ayes, 21 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 illin e r B u ll i M a u n s e ll

C a n t M u lv ih iU B y rn e P r o w s e

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

C o h e n P o k e D r a k e - B r o c k m a n R a n k i n , D a m e

D e v itt P o y s e r G a i r A n n a b e ll e

D r u r y R id le y G r e e n w o o d S c o tt

F it z g e r a ld W h e e ld o n L a u c k c S im

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n L a u g h t W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e n n e lly W r ie d t L a w r ie Iv y

L a c e y T e l l e r : L i llic o W ith e r s

M c C l e l l a n d S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L i t t l e W o o d

M c K e l l a r W r ig h t

M c M u l l i n , S ir Y o u n g

A lis te r T e lle r :

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

Amendment negatived accordingly. Clause 8 read— Senator Poke moved an amendment, viz.: Page 2, line 41, leave out “ ‘Eight thousand dollars’ ”, insert “ ‘Twelve thousand dollars’ ” . Question—That the words proposed to be left out be left out—put.

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The Committee divided— Ayes, 22 N obs, 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 iU 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 y rn e R a e

C o h e n P o k e C o r m a c k R a n k i n , D a m e

D e v itt P o y s e r D r a k e - B r o c k m a n A n n a b e ll e

D r u r y R id le y G a i r S c o tt

F it z g e r a ld W h e e ld o n G r e e n w o o d S im

G e o r g e s W ilk in s o n L a u c k e W e d g w o o d , D a m e

K e n n e ll y W r ie d t L a u g h t Iv y

L a c e y L a w r ie W ith e r s

M c C l e l l a n d T e lle r : L illic o W o o d

M illin e r S e n a t o r O ’B y rn e L i ttle W r ig h t

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

Amendment negatived accordingly. Clause 8 agreed to. Clause 9 agreed to. Clause 10 read— Senator Poke moved an amendment, viz.: Page 3, line 24, after “insane” add “or

incapacitated”. Debate ensued. Ordered—That the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) report

progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood) resumed the Chair; and Senator Laught reported that the Committee had considered the Bill 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.

13 P ublic Service Bill (N o. 2) 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:

Mr P resident, Message No. 116

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘Public Service Act 1922-1967’, as amended by the ‘Public Service Act 1968', with respect to Leave o f Absence without Pay”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 November 1968 Speaker

Suspension oj 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 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. 24713/68— 2

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14 Loan (D efence) Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The fol­ lowing Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 109

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to approve the raising by way of Loan of Moneys in the Currency of the United States o f America and to authorize the expending o f those Moneys for Defence Purposes, and for purposes connected therewith”, in which it desires the concurrence

of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 14 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 O’Byme the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

15 Bankruptcy 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. I ll

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to amend the ‘Bankruptcy Act 1966' ”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House o f Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 14 November 1968 Speaker

Suspension o f 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. On the motion of Senator Cohen the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of

sitting.

16 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 eighteen minutes to eleven p.m. till to-morrow at half-past

two p.m.

17 Attendance: Present, all the Members except Senators Branson (on leave), Buttfield, Davidson, Dittmer (on leave), McManus (on leave), Toohey (on leave), Webster (on leave) and Willesee.

J. R. O dgers, Clerk of the Senate

P rinted fo r the G overnm ent of the C om m onw ealth by W . G . M urray, a t the

24713/68 G overnm ent P rinting Office, C anberra