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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy-President (Senator McClelland) informed the Senate that Senator Grimes had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ""The involvement of the Australian Government in the arrest in Athens of persons charged with fraud committed in Australia and the misleading information given to the Parliament by the Attorney-General and the former Minister for Administrative Services.''.

And at least four Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion--

The Attorney-General (Senator Durack) moved--That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Sessional Orders, Senators Grimes and Durack be permitted to speak for thirty minutes each, if required.

Question--put and passed.

The Deputy-President called upon Senator Grimes to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Ordered--That the business of the day be called on.