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The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) informed the Senate that Senator Messner had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The failure of the Minister for Health to honour the Government's commitment to institute a national health insurance scheme that is both simple and fair''.

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

Discussion ensued.

Notice of Motion: The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave, gave a Notice of Motion, as follows: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend certain Acts in consequence of the establishment of the Australian Government Solicitor.

Discussion continued.

Discussion concluded.