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Tuesday, 3 December 1985
Page: 2785

Senator GRIMES (Manager of Government Business)(3.06) —I move:

That so much of the Sessional Orders be suspended as would prevent the Senate considering forthwith the matter of urgency, in accordance with standing order 64.

I do so firstly because of a feeling of compassion, having found in Senator Sanders someone who is apparently more forgetful than I, and secondly I was convinced that I should do so by the advocacy of Senator Chaney, who informed me that if we did not debate this matter we would have a matter of public importance every day this week.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The letter from Senator Sanders reads:

Dear Mr President,

Pursuant to Standing Order 64, I give notice that today I propose to move-

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

The Government's betrayal of trust in failing to protect World Heritage forests, in particular the Queensland wet tropic wilderness areas and the forests of Western Tasmania, from State governments and forest-based industries motivated by the reckless pursuit of short-term economic gain.'.

Yours sincerely,

(Norm Sanders)

Senator for the State of Tasmania

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the Standing Orders having risen in their places-