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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Townley) informed the Senate that Senator Haines had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The need for the Commonwealth Government to fund programmes to counteract the increasing social problem of violence against women and children''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion- The Acting Deputy-President called upon Senator Haines to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Papers was called on.