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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—TAXATION—PROPOSED MINING TAX

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and Senators Brandis, Cormann, Fifield and Siewert each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75 proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that Senator Brandis had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The Gillard Government's continued secrecy and lack of accountability on revenue assumptions and costs regarding its mining tax.

The proposal was supported by 4 senators and the matter was discussed.