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The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan), by leave, moved-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to discrimination on the ground of sex, marital status or pregnancy or involving sexual harassment.

Question-put and passed.

Bill presented and, on the motion of Senator Ryan, read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Ryan, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Ryan moved-That this Bill be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Martin the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.

Statement by Senator: Senator Walters, by leave, made a statement relating to the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 (No. 2).