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1968

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE N o. 66

TUESDAY, 26 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 MicMullin) took the Chair.

2 PRAYERS.

3 Questions : Questions on notice were answered.

4 G overnor-G eneral’s M essages—Assent to Bills: The following Messages from His Excellency the Governor-General were presented by the President:

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 31

Proposed Laws intituled— “Air Navigation (Charges) Act 1968” “Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1968” “Phosphate Fertilizers Bounty 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 Laws.

Government House, Canberra, 21 November 1968

C asey, Governor-General Message No. 32

Proposed Laws intituled— “Income Tax Assessment Act (No. 4) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 1) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 2) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 3) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 4) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 5) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 6) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 7) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 8) 1968” “Sales Tax Act (No. 9) 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 Laws.

Government House, Canberra, 21 November 1968

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C asey, Governor-General Message No. 33

Proposed Laws intituled— “ Wheat Industry Stabilization Act 1968” “Wheat Export Charge 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 Laws. Government House, Canberra, 22 November 1968 C asey,

Governor-General Message No. 34

A Proposed Law intituled “War Service Homes 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, 25 November 1968

5 Papers: The following Paper was presented, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General: Northern Territory—Report for year 1966-67. The following Papers were presented, pursuant to Statute: . Commonwealth Railways Act—Report by the Commissioner on the operation of

the Commonwealth Railways, for year 1967-68. Conciliation and Arbitration Act—Twelfth Annual Report of the President of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, for year ended 13 August 1968.

Lands Acquisition Act—Land, etc., acquired for Post Office purposes— Howrah, Tasmania. Tumbly Bay, South Australia. West Torrens, South Australia. Public Service Act—Regulations—Statutory Rules 1968, Nos. 136, 137. Public Service Arbitration Act—Determinations by the Arbitrator—1968—

No. 217—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 218—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 219—North Australian Workers’ Union. No. 222—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. Nos. 223 and 224—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 225—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 226—Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Draughtsmen of

Australia. No. 227—Professional Radio Employees’ Institute of Australasia. No. 228—Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers. No. 229—Merchant Service Guild of Australia.

No. 257—Professional Radio Employees’ Institute of Australasia. No. 269—Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Draughtsmen of Australia. No. 270—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 271—Federated Furnishing Trade Society of Australasia. No. 272—Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen. No. 273—Transport Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 274—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 275—Australian Builders Labourers’ Federation. No. 276—Postal Overseers’ Union of Australia. No. 277—Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association.

Nos. 278 and 279—Commonwealth Public Service Association (Fourth Division Officers).

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No. 280—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 281—Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia. No. 282—Non-Official Postmasters’ Association of Australia. Nos. 283 and 284—Amalgamated Engineering Union and others. No. 285—North Australian Workers’ Union. No. 286—Australian Journalists’ Association. No. 287—Professional Musicians’ Union of Australia. No. 288—Australian Broadcasting Commission Staff Association. No. 289—Federated Ship Painters and Dockers’ Union of Australia.

6 Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme— M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement concerning proposals to liberalise contributory conditions which now apply to contributors to the Common­ wealth Superannuation Fund.

7 G overnment Publishing Policy—M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement concerning the establishment of the Australian Government Publishing Service, to be the sole publisher of Commonwealth Departmental publications.

8 A ir Pollution Select C ommittee—Senator Laucke moved, by leave—That the date for presenting the Report of the Select Committee on Air Pollution be extended to 30 September 1969. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

9 M edical and H ospital Costs Select C ommittee—Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood moved, by leave—That the date for presenting the Report of the Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs be extended to 30 September 1969. Question—put and passed.

10 W ater Pollution Select C ommittee—Senator Davidson moved, by leave—That the date for presenting the Report of the Select Committee on Water Pollution be extended to 31 December 1969. On the motion of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) the debate was

adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.

11 A ustralian Participation in O verseas Shipping—M inisterial Statement: The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson), by leave, made a statement relating to proposals for Australia to participate in overseas shipping and, in particular, the carriage of Australian goods overseas in Australian vessels.

12 A ustralian C apital T erritory—J oint Committee : The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) reported that the President had received a letter from Senator Prowse requesting his discharge from the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. The Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) moved, by leave—That Senator Prowse be

discharged from attendance on the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. Question—put and passed. TTie Deputy-President then informed the Senate that the President had received a letter

from the Leader of the Government in the Senate appointing Senator Maunsell to fill the vacancy.

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13 States G rants (Secondary Schools Libraries) Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:

M r President, Message No. 143

The House of Representatives acquaints the Senate that it has agreed to the Amendment made by the Senate in the Bill intituled ”A Bill for an Act to grant Financial Assistance to the States for Libraries at Secondary Schools and for the acquisition o f Library Material and Equipment for use in such Libraries”.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 21 November 1968 Speaker

14 J udiciary 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. 140

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to the Conditions and Restrictions subject to which Federal Jurisdiction is invested in Courts o f the States”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 21 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 the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) the debate was

adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

15 Papua and N ew G uinea Bill (N o. 2) 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:

M r President, Message No. 141

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act relating to Employment in the Public Service o f the Territories o f Papua and New Guinea and for purposes connected therewith”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. A ston,

Canberra, 21 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 Keeffe 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 I nternational M onetary Agreements Bill 1968—Message from the House of Representatives'. The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:

M r P resident, Message No. 142

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act relating to the International Monetary Fund”, in which it desires the con­ currence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 21 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. 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 amendment.

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

17 States G rants (A boriginal Advancement) Bill 1968—Message from the House o f Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r President, Message No. 145

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled "A Bill for an Act to grant Financial Assistance to the States in connexion with the Welfare and Advancement o f the Aboriginal People o f Australia”, in which it desires the con­ currence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 22 November 1968 a.m. Speaker

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 with­ out 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 Cant 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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18 Aboriginal E nterprises (Assistance) Bill 1968—Message from the House of Rep­ resentatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read: M r P resident, Message No. 146

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “A Bill for an Act to assist the Establishment and Development o f Business Enterprises by the Aboriginal People o f Australia”, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. House of Representatives, W. J. Aston,

Canberra, 22 November 1968 a.m. Speaker

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 Cant the debate was adjourned. Ordered—That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day

of sitting.

19 G old-M ining I ndustry Assistance Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. 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 amendment.

The Deputy-President (Senator Drake-Brockman) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Dame Ivy Wedgwood) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) the Report from the

Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

20 Commonwealth Banks Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. 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

Clauses 1 to 11, by leave, taken together and agreed to. Clause 12 read— Senator Wilkinson moved an amendment, viz.: Page 5, sub-clause (10.), lines 10 and 11, leave out paragraph (e), insert the following paragraphs:

“(e) he has been guilty of any disgraceful or improper conduct as an officer; (ea) he has been guilty of stealing, misappropriation, breach of trust, or any other form of dishonesty, whether as an officer or otherwise;” .

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Debate ensued. Amendment negatived. Clause 12 agreed to. Clause 13 read— Senator Wilkinson moved an amendment, viz.: Page 5, leave out sub-clause (1.), insert

the following sub-clause: “(1.) Section 108 of the Principal Act is amended— (a) by omitting sub-sections (1.) and (2.) and inserting in their stead the fol­ lowing sub-sections:—

‘(1.) Where, under section one hundred and six or sub-section (1.) of section one hundred and seven of this Act— (a) an officer is retired, dismissed or transferred or has his salary reduced; or (b) the Corporation determines that an officer be not granted, or be not

granted until the expiration of a specified period, the whole or a part of an increase in salary, the officer may appeal to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.’ ‘(2.) The regulations may prescribe the manner in which, and the time within which, appeals may be made under this section and the manner in which the hearing of appeals so made shall be conducted and may include provision for or in relation to the summoning of witnesses, the production of documents, the taking of evidence on oath or affirmation and the administering of oaths or affirmations.’; (b) by omitting from sub-sections (3.) and (4.) the words ‘Disciplinary Appeal Board’ and inserting in their stead the words ‘Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission’; and (c) by omitting sub-section (5.).”. Debate ensued. Amendment negatived. Clause 13 agreed to. Clause 14 agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

21 Raw Cotton Bounty Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. 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 amendment.

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

22 Loan (H ousing) Bill (N o. 2) 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. Question—put. The Senate divided—

A yes, 26

Senator— Anderson Byrne Com rade

Davidson Drake-Brockman Gair Greenwood Laucke Laught

Lawrie Lillico Little McKeUar

McMullin, Sir Alister

Senator— M arriott Maunsell Prowse Rae Rankin, Dame

Annabelle Scott Sim Wedgwood, Dame

Ivy

Withers Wood Wright Teller:

Senator Cotton

And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Bill read a second time.

Senator— Bishop C ant Cavanagh Cohen

Devitt Drury Fitzgerald Georges Hendrickson

Keeffe Kennedly Lacey

N oes, 22 Senator— McClelland Mulvihill

Murphy Ormonde Poke Poyser Wilkinson

Willesee W riedt

Teller:

Senator O’Byme

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 amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Drake- Brockman) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Housing (Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

23 Loans (A ustralian N ational A irlines C ommission) Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed.

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

24 Postponement: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That consideration of General Business be postponed until after the consideration of Government Business, Order of the Day No. 24.

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25 N ew and Permanent P arliament H ouse Site: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion by the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— (1) That the Senate, having considered Message No. 78 of the House of Repre­ sentatives, concurs in the proposal by the House that the matter of alternative

sites for the New and Permanent Parliament House, on Capital Hill or the Camp Hill area, be referred to the Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House for report and that the Committee be requested to submit its report within three months. (2) That the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the House of Representatives

by Message.

The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) moved an amendment, viz.: Before the word “concurs”, insert “without prejudice to its Resolution of 22 August 1968, ‘That the Senate is of the opinion that the new and permanent Parliament House should be situated on Capital Hill’,”.

Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Main Question, as amended, put and passed.

26 Postponement: Ordered, on the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson)— That intervening Business be postponed until after the consideration of Government Business, Orders of the Day Nos. 11, 5, 6 and 7.

27 Bankruptcy Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question —That this Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. 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 amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Laught) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Works (Senator Wright) the Report from the Com­ mittee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time. '

28 Loans (A ustralian N ational Airlines C ommission) Bill 1968: Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question—That this Bill be now read a second time. Senator Devitt moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion add “, but, whilst not

opposing the purchase of new aircraft by the Australian National Airlines Com­ mission, the Senate is of the opinion that the financing of the purchase of the aircraft should be met from revenue and not from loans raised overseas” . Debate ensued. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. 24713/68— 2

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The Senate divided— A y es, 23 N oes, 27

Senator— Senator— Senator— Senator—

Bishop Milliner Anderson Maunsell

Cant Mulvihill Byrne Prowse

Cavanagh Murphy Cormack Rae

Cohen Ormonde Davidson Rankin, Dame

Devitt Poke Drake-Brockma» Annabelle

Drury Poyser Gair Scott

Fitzgerald Ridley Greenwood Sim

Georges Wilkinson Laucke Wedgwood, Dame

Hendrickson Willesee Laught Ivy

Keeffe W riedt Lawrie Withers

Lacey Teller: Lillico Wood

McClelland Senator O ’Byrne Little Wright

M cKellar Young

McMullin, Sir Alister Teller:

M arriott Senator Cotton

Amendment negatived accordingly. Question—That this Bill be now read a second time—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 Taught) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Wood) reported accordingly. On the motion of the Minister for Supply (Senator Anderson) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

And it being 10.30 p.m.—

29 A djournment : The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question—That the Senate do now adjourn. Debate ensued. Question—resolved in the affirmative. The Senate adjourned at ten minutes to eleven p.m. till to-morrow at half-past two p.m.

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

R. E. B u l l o c k ,

Acting Clerk of the Senate

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