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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Haines had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ""The failure of the Federal Government to ensure the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in Australia.''.

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

Ordered--That so much of the Sessional Orders be suspended as would prevent each Senator speaking on the matter for up to twenty minutes.

The President called upon Senator Haines to speak.

Discussion ensued.

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