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The Minister for National Development and Energy (Senator Sir John Carrick), by leave, made a statement relating to the special Premiers' Conference, on 7 December 1982, to reach agreement on effective action to secure a wage pause in the public sector.

Senator Grimes, by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Statement.

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

Senator Harradine, by leave, made a statement relating to the Ministerial Statement.