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Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Page: 95

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Lightfoot)—The President has received a letter from Senator Sherry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

(a)   the fact that the 2007 Federal Budget contains welcome tax cuts and one-off payments for the many Australian families and carers who are under financial pressure, yet little is included to lift Australia’s future productivity which is low; and

(b)   the fact is that long term challenges for Australia’s future such as: reviving Australia’s productivity, investment in an education revolution, delivering a national high speed broadband; and decisive action to deal with the economic cost of climate change and the national water issues, require more attention and greater leadership.

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

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

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today’s debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.