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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Peter Rae had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The deception of the Australian community by the Prime Minister on the prospects he had secured for Australia's steel and beef industries on his recent Asian visit''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion-

The President called upon Senator Peter Rae to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.

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