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Wednesday, 4 April 1984
Page: 1199


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

The threat to the independence of the media posed by the Government's absurd over-reaction to any critical comment.

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-