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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy President (Senator Reid) informed the Senate that Senator

Tambling had proposed that the following matter of public importance be

submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The unfair and unjustified consequences of wholesale sales tax imposed

on builders' hardware and certain building materials and its impact on

housing affordability and the subsequent repercussions for employment

in the construction industry.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators and the matter was discussed.