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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Lewis had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ""The crippling effect of the Federal Government's policies on the rural industries of Australia''.

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

The President called upon Senator Lewis 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.

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