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The Minister for Finance (Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle), pursuant to Statute, laid upon the Table the following Paper :

National Gallery Act--Australian National Gallery--Annual Report, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General's Report thereon, for year 1979-80.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button), by leave, moved--That the Senate take note of the Paper.

Ordered--That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Button have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

Finance and Government Operations--Standing Committee--Reference: Senator Peter Rae, by leave, moved--That the Annual Report of the Australian National Gallery, for the year 1979-80, be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations for investigation and report as to the reasons for the delay in its presentation.

Question--put and passed.