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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3396

Discussion of Matter of Public Importance

The PRESIDENT —I have received a letter from Senator Haines proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

The alarming and increasing incidence of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, particularly within family units, and the lack of readily accessible support mechanisms for these children and their families.

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-