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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The disastrous impact upon Australian families of the Hawke Labor Government's taxation and social security policies''.

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

Discussion ensued.

And the discussion having reached the limit of 2 hours allowed by Standing Order 64, the business of the day was called on.