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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The urgent need for the government to abandon its Resource Rent Tax proposal to end the damaging uncertainty being inflicted on Australia's resource development''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion- The President called upon Senator Chaney to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.