1 September 1948

18th Parliament · 2nd Session

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The Senate met at 3 p.m., pursuant to the proclamation of His Excellency the Governor-General.

The President (Senator the Hon. Gordon Brown) took the chair.

The Clerk read the proclamation.

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NOR-GENERAL entered the chamber, and, being seated, with the President on his right hand, commanded that a message be sent to the House of Representatives, intimating that he desired the attendance of honorable members in the Senate chamber forthwith, who, being come with their Deputy Speaker,

HIS EXCELLENCY was pleased to deliver the following speech: -

Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives:

You have been called together to deliberate upon matters of importance to the well-being of the Commonwealth.

Recognizing the importance to Australia and indeed to the whole world of the efforts which the United Kingdom is making to overcome her own economic and financial problem and to stimulate recovery in Europe, my Government proposes to make a gift of £A.10,000,000 to the Government of the United Kingdom.

Legislation to give effect to this proposal will be introduced to Parliament during the current session.

Ministers have expressed their firm intention to give all possible help to the United Kingdom in her great recovery efforts.

Berlin during his recent visit overseas and consulted closely with administrators there. He also had discussions with the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary concerning the problem of Germany. My Prime Minister has already indicated the Australian Government’s support of the policy of the British and American authorities.

Labour and National Service, the Honorable E. J. Holloway, are actively engaged on this matter. It is the intention of my Prime Minister and the Minister for Shipping and Fuel, Senator the Honorable W. P. Ashley, to meet as many of the workers engaged in the coal industry as possible. My Government has continually stressed the importance of coal production to the plans for Australia’s expansion and development, and to the maintenance of all citizens in gainful employment. My advisers have worked closely with the Government of the State of New South Wales in the operation of the Coal Industry Act.

IS. During the last session, my Government passed a measure to give this Parliament control over banking. The. High Court has ruled that certain sections of that act are invalid. After examination of the court’s findings, my advisers have decided to seek an early appeal to the Privy Council.

His Excellency the GovernorGeneral and members of the House of Representatives having retired,

The President again took the chair, and read prayers.

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Assent to the following bills reported : -

International Wheat Agreement Bill 1948.

War Pensions Appropriation Bill 1948.

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1947-48.

Customs Tariff Validation Bill 1948.

Excise Tariff Validation Bill 1948.

Western Australia Grant Bill 1948.

Apple and Pear Organization Bill 1948.

Primary Produce Export Charges Repeal Bill 1948.

Weights and Measures (National Standards) Bill 1948.

Qantas Empire Airways Bill 1948.

Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Bill 1948.

Supply Bill (No. 1) 1948-49.

Supply (Works and Services) Bill (No. 1) 1948-49.

H.M.A.S. Sydney Replacement Fund Bill 1948.

Commonwealth Public Service Bill 1948.

Supplementary Appropriation Bill 1946-47.

Supplementary Appropriation (Works and Buildings) Bill 1946-47.

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– I have to report that I have received a copy of the Opening Speech . delivered by His Excellency the Governor-General to both Houses of the Parliament.

Ordered -

That the consideration of the Speech be an order of the day for the next day of sitting.

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Motion (by Senator Ashley) agreed to-

That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn to to-morrow, at 3 p.m.

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The following papers were presented: -

Air Force Act - Regulations - Statutory

Rules 1948, Nos. 67, 86.

Air Navigation Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 69.

Arbitration (Public Service) Act - Determinations by the Arbitrator,&c. - 1948 -

No. 37 - Commonwealth Public Service Clerical Association.

No. 38 - Commonwealth Telephone

Officers’ Association.

No. 39 - Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia.

No. 40 - Postal Telecommunication

Technicians’ Association (Australia).

No. 41 - Amalgamated Engineering Union.

Nos. 42 to 44 - Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia.

No. 45 - Commonwealth Public Service Clerical Association.

No. 46 - Non-Official Postmasters’ Association.

Nos. 47 and 48 - Australian Third Division Telegraphists and Postal Clerks’ Union.

Nos. 49 and 50- Fourth Division Post masters, Postal Clerks and Tele graphists’ Union.

Nos. 51 and 52 - Hospital Employees’ Federation of Australasia.

No. 53 - Professional Radio Employees’

Institute of Australasia.

No. 54 - Postal Telecommunication

Technicians’ Association (Australia) and others.

No. 55 - Federated Clerks’ Union of Australia.

No. 56 - Vehicle Builders Employees’ Federation of Australia.

Nos. 57 and 58 - Commonwealth Public Service Artisans’ Association.

No. . 59 - Federated Ironworkers’ Asso- ciation of Australia.

No.60 - Association of Railway Pro- fessional Officers of Australia.

No.61 - Commonwealth Public Service Clerical Association.

Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 80.

Beer Excise Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 104.

Censusand Statistics Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 106.

Coal Industry Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 72.

Commonwealth Bank Act - Appointments-

J. M. Copes, H. G. Hurst, W. R. Juster.

Commonwealth Public Service Act -

Appointments - Department -

Attorney -General - R. A. Givens, C. S. Morrison, D. T. Okey.

Civil Aviation - P. J. S. Barwise, J. L.

Davis, W. H. Flynn, G. V. L. Hillier, H. H. Houghton, R. Kingsland, H. A. Lee, D. R. McDonald, K. A. McLaughlan, R. T. Rye, B. E. Woodrow.

Commerce and Agriculture - R. G. H. Biddle, D. S. Jones, E. A. Saxon.

Health - H. M. Carey, I. A. Hansen, D. J. Lee, C. J. N. Leleu, A. M. McArthur, J. L. Wallace, I. T. White.

Interior - G. E. Ballam, J. D. Lines. E. Norsa.

Labour and National Service - F. P.

Carozzi, J. R. Coghlan, G. Fitzgerald, W. J. Geraghty, J. E. McCleery, A. W. Miles, H. P. S. Moore.

Parliamentary Library - C. J. Ashman, K. N. J. Bernie, M. Freiberg, H. M. Holgate, H. Knight.

Repatriation - M. E. Lahey, E. Stobo.

Supply and Development - W. T. Crocker, W. A. Wagschall.

Transport - F. R. Barr, R. D. Marginson, D. O. Muller, J. H. Reeves.

Treasury - E. Edgell.

Works and Housing - J. N. Burns, R. W.

Ford, E. C. Francis, R. L. George, A. W. Harrison, R. W. McKay, F. K. Manderson, F. J. Richardson.

Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, Nos. 68, 71, 97.

Customs Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 105.

Customs Act and Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, Nos. 78, 102.

Dairying Industry Assistance Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 85.

Defence Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, Nos. 79, 94.

Defence Act and Naval Defence Act - Regula-. tions - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 89.

Defence (Transitional Provisions) Act -

National Security (Economic Organization) - Orders- Exemptions ( 2 ) .

National Security (Enemy Property) Regulations - Orders - Areas ceasing to be enemy territory or persons ceasing to be enemy subjects (2).

National Security (Industrial Property) Regulations - Orders - Inventions and designs (104).

National Security (Landlord and Tenant) Regulations - Orders - Cessation of regulations (6).

National Security (Maritime Industry) Regulations - Order - No.65.

National Security (Minerals) Regulations - Order - Lead.

National Security (Prices) Regulations - Orders- Nos. 3326-3332, 3334-3365, 3367- 3372.

National Security (Rationing) Regulations - Orders - Nos. 154-156.


Agricultural machinery (no. l)Rovocation.

Control of tinplate (Nos. 4, 5). .

Shirts, collars and pyjamas - Revocation.

Regulations- Statutory Rules 1818,Nos. 75, 76, 84,98, 107, 108.

Distillation Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 96.

Egg. Export Control Act - RegulationsStatutory Rules 1948, No. 93.

Excise Act-Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 95.

Hospital Benefits Act - Regulations - Statu tory Rules 1948, No. 70.

Interim Forces Benefits Act - Regulations- Statutory Rules 1948, No. 82.

Lands Acquisition Act - Land acquired for - Banking purposes - Bordortown, South Australia.

Commonwealth office accommodation purposes - Melbourne, Victoria.

Defence purposes -

Ardath, Western Australia.

Beaumont, South Australia.

Broadmeadows, Victoria.

Hughenden, Queensland.

Linden Park, South Australia.

Moorooka, Queensland.

Strathpine, Queensland

Department of Civil Aviation purposes-

Bankstown, New South Wales.

Devonport, Tasmania.

Dubbo, New South Wales.

Eagle Farm, Queensland.

Mascot, New South Wales.

Ouslow, Western Australia.

Port Hedland, Western Australia.

Sale, Victoria.

Departments of Civil Aviation and the Interior purposes - Charleville, Queensland.

Department of Health purposes -Camp- bellfield, Victoria.

Departmentof the Interior purposes -

Broome, Western Australia.

Cloncurry, Queensland.

Department of Post-war Reconstruction purposes - Mayne, Queensland.

Department of Social Services purposes - Clovelly, New. South Wales.

Department of Supply and Development purposes - Karrakatta, Western Australia.

Department of Trade and Customs purposes - Griffith, New South Wales.

Overseas Telecommunications Commission purposes - Broome, Western Australia.

Postal purposes -

Adelaide, South Australia.

Ardath, Western Australia.

Bentleigh, Victoria.

Capalaba, Queensland.

Cootamundra, New South Wales.

Cowell, South Australia.

Donald, Victoria.

East Fremantle, Western Australia.

Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

Hamley Bridge, South Australia.

Heidelberg, Victoria.

Malanda, Queensland.

Midland Junction, Western Australia.

Oberon, New South Wales.

Perth, WesternAustralia (2).

Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Richmond North, Victoria.

Rose Bay, New South Wales.

Saddleworth, South Australia.

St. Marys, New South Wales.

Snowtown, South Australia.

Traralgon, Victoria.

Trundle, New South Wales.

Warwick, Queensland.

Yarram, Victoria.

Lands Acquisition Act and Lands Acquisi tion Ordinance of the Northern Territory - Land acquired for Department of the Interior purposes - Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Meat Export Control Act - RegulationsStatutory Rules 1948, No. 100.

Nationality Act- Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 77.

Naval Defence Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, Nos. 87,88.

Northern Territory Acceptance Act and Northern Territory (Administration) Act-

Crown Lands Ordinance - Reasons for resumption of reservation of certain lands near Alice Springs (Racecourse Reserve).

Regulations - 1 948-

No. 3 (Darwin Administration Ordinance).

No. 4 (Brands Ordinance).

Papua and New Guinea Bounties Act-

Return for year 1947-48.

Papua-New Guinea Provisional Administration Act - Ordinance - 1948- No.6- Supply (No. 1), 1948-49.

Quarantine Act - Regulations . - Statutory Rules 1948, Nos. 91,92.

Raw Cotton Bounty Act - Return for 1947.

Re-estabilshment and Employment ActRegulationsStatutory Rules 1948, Nos. 73, 74, 81.

Seat of Government Acceptance Act and Seat of Government (Administration) Act-Canberra University College - Report for 1947.

Sulphur Bounty Act - Return for year 1947-48.

Supply and Development Act - RegulationsStatutory Rules 1948,No.99.

Tractor Bounty Act - Return for year 1947-48.

Trade Commissioners Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 101.

War Gratuity Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 66.

War Service Homes Act - Landacquired atMiranda, New South Wales.

Reservoir, Victoria.

Wine Export Bounty Act - Return for year 1947-48.

Wire Netting Bounty Act - Return for year 1947-48.

Wool (Contributory Charge) Act - Regulations - Statutory Rules 1948, No. 83.

WoolUse Promotion Act - RegulationsStatutory Rules1948,No. 103.

Senate adjourned at 3.45 p.m.

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