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The Acting Deputy President (Senator Herron) informed the Senate that

the President had received a letter from Senator Coulter advising that

this day he intended to move--That, in the opinion of the Senate, the

following is a matter of urgency:

The failure of the Government:

(a) to recognise the comprehensive importance of science;

(b) to fund basic and strategic scientific research adequately;


(c) to comprehend the continuing need for strong Government

support for public interest research.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Senator Coulter moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 38

Abetz Baume Bell Boswell Bourne Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chamarette Chapman Coulter Crane Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Kernot Knowles Lees Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon Margetts O'Chee (Teller) Panizza Patterson Spindler Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woodley Woods

NOES, 22

Beahan Burns Carr Childs Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Denman Evans, Christopher Faulkner Foreman (Teller) Jones McKiernan Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Schacht Sherry West Wheelwright

Question agreed to.