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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 need for a system of public funding of election campaigns and full disclosure of donations, or other assistance, to political parties and candidates''.

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.