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Friday, 22 February 1985
Page: 86

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I have received a letter from Senator Messner proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

The growing alarm amongst all pensioners, particularly those in rural areas, at the unfair and uneven impact of the assets test legislation.

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-

Motion (by Senator Grimes) agreed to:

That so much of standing order 64 be suspended as would prevent each senator speaking on the Matter of Public Importance, speaking for not more than 20 minutes.