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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) 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 threat to the independence of the media posed by the Government's absurd over-reaction to any critical comment''.

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

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Papers was called on.