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Tuesday, 29 August 2000
Page: 19522


Mr SPEAKER —I have received a letter from the honorable member for Bonython proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely:

The failure of the government to address the crisis arising from our declining national R & D effort and to take Australia forward as a knowledge nation.

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—