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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy-President informed the Senate that Senator Messner had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The Hawke Labor Government's revised assets test which continues its attack upon the retirement security of aged Australians''.

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