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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

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

Patterson had proposed that the following matter of public importance be

submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The continued failure of the Federal Labor Government to address the

problem of unemployment, in particular the unacceptably high levels of

hidden unemployment, under-employment and youth, rural and regional

unemployment.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Discussion ensued.

Document: Senator Margetts, by leave, tabled the following document:

Unemployment--Copy of graph--The rise in structural unemployment

1970-94.

Discussion concluded.