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Thursday, 5 December 2002
Page: 7292

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter, dated 4 December, from Senator Brown:

Dear Mr President

Pursuant to Standing Order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move:

That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need for the Prime Minister to act to limit the continuing damage to our nation arising from his comments on pre-emptive strikes, and to restore confidence in Australia as a constructive and non-belligerent neighbour in our region.

Yours sincerely

Bob Brown

Senator for Tasmania

Is the proposal supported?

(Quorum formed)

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.