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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Messner had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The imposition by the Hawke Labor Government of a tax on wine and the disastrous impact such a tax will have on the Australian wine industry''.

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

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.

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