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The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) informed the Senate that the President had received a letter from Senator Durack advising that this day he intended to move-''That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: The need for the Hawke Government to establish a National Crimes Authority without delay''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the motion- Senator Durack thereupon moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Distinguished Visitors: The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Sibraa) drew attention to the presence in the gallery of a delegation of judges and lawyers from the People's Republic of China, led by Mr Wang Zhanping, Vice-President of the Supreme People's Court, and, on behalf of honourable Senators, extended a warm welcome to all members of the delegation.

Debate continued.

Closure: Senator Hill moved-That the Question be now put.

Question-That the Question be now put-put and passed.

Main Question-put accordingly and passed.