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Tuesday, 30 September 1997
Page: 8787


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl) — Mr Speaker has received a letter from the honourable member for Banks (Mr Melham) and the honourable member for Murray (Mrs Stone) proposing that definite matters of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion today. As required by standing order 107, Mr Speaker has selected the matter which, in his opinion, is the most urgent and important; that is, that proposed by the honourable member for Murray, namely:

The importance to the future safety and security of all Australians of the firearms buyback scheme which concludes today.

I call upon those members who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places.

More than the number of members required by the standing orders having risen in their places—