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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Durack had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The need for a clear policy statement on access to Australian port facilities by allied naval units in light of the misunderstanding, confusion and ambiguity caused by the Government's handling of the visit by H.M.S. Invincible''.

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

Discussion ensued.

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