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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—BUDGET 2011-12

The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate that Senator Fifield had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The Gillard Government's decision in the 2011-12 Budget to be tough on Australian families, rather than tough on itself, with a new assault on families that are already struggling under cost of living pressures.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.