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Wednesday, 29 October 1997
Page: 10082


Mr SPEAKER —I have received letters from the honourable member for North Sydney (Mr Hockey) and the honourable member for Reid (Mr Laurie Ferguson) proposing that definite matters of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion today. As required by standing order 107, I have selected the matter which, in my opinion, is the most urgent and important; that is, that proposed by the honourable member for North Sydney, namely:

The urgent need for all who attempt to influence public opinion to demonstrate a responsible reaction to the current volatility on world equity markets, especially pending the close of the public offer relating to Telstra next Monday.

I therefore 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—