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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 Chaney) had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The continuing uncertainty being created by the Government's proposal to introduce a resources rent tax''.

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

Discussion ensued.

Ordered-That the time for discussion of the matter of public importance be extended till 4.15 p.m. this day.

Discussion continued.

The time allotted for the discussion having expired-