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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 alarming and increasing incidence of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, particularly within family units, and the lack of readily accessible support mechanisms for these children and their families''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion- The President called upon Senator Haines to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.