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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The Government's neglect of the people of rural and provincial Australia''.

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

The President called upon Senator Button to speak.

Discussion ensued.

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