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Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Page: 5522


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The President has received a letter from Senator Bernardi proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

The valuable contribution of age pensioners to the Australian community and the need for immediate financial relief for single age pensioners.

I call upon those senators who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places.

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today’s debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.