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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy-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 failure of the Fraser Government to provide leadership at a time of great social and economic difficulty''.

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

The Deputy-President called upon Senator Button to speak.

Discussion ensued.

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