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The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) moved-That, unless otherwise ordered, till 2 p.m. this day, matters of public interest may be raised and discussed by Senators, provided that no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes.

Question-put and passed.

Discussion of matters of public interest ensued accordingly.

Papers: Senator Kilgariff, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Papers: Alice Springs to Darwin Railway- Review of the Economic Viability of the Extension of Standard Gauge Rail Service from Alice Springs to Darwin-Preliminary Report by Canadian Pacific Consulting Services Ltd for the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister, dated October 1984.

Defence Implications of the Alice Springs-Darwin Railway-Report by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University, dated October 1984.

Article entitled ''The Alice Darwin Connection'' from Network-Railways of Australia Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 4 (December 1982, January and February 1983).

Discussion continued.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, Questions without Notice were called on.