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41    Discussion of matter of public importance—Budget 2018-19

The President informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, five senators had each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75. The proposal to be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the President informed the Senate that Senator O’Neill had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The Prime Minister’s unfair Budget, which gives big business and the banks an $80 billion tax handout and makes Australians pay for it with savage cuts.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.

After 5 pm : Discussion was interrupted.