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The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate that the President had received a letter from Senator Siewert advising that today she intended to move—That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

 The need for the Federal Government to respond as soon as possible to address the lack of adequate access to dialysis services in central Australia, the denial of access to services for patients in urgent need, and the commitment of the Government to play a leading role in `closing the gap' on Aboriginal health outcomes.

The proposal was supported by four senators.

Senator Siewert moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.