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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ""The implications for the principle of ministerial responsibility arising out of the Prime Minister's handling of the $500 000 payment to the former Chief Executive of the Australian Bicentennial Authority''.

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

The President called upon Senator Chaney to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.