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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—TAXATION—PROPOSED CARBON TAX—POLICY AGENDA

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

 The Gillard Government's broken pre-election promise not to introduce a carbon tax and their wholesale adoption of the policy agenda of their alliance partners, the Australian Greens.

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