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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 wrong direction Labor is taking Australia''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion-

The President called upon Senator Chaney to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Senator Cook moved-That the business of the day be called on.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 26

Senators- Childs Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Hearn Jones McIntosh Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

NOES, 28

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Kilgariff Lajovic MacGibbon Macklin Martin Mason Messner Missen Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

And so it was negatived.

Discussion continued.

And the discussion having reached the limit of 2 hours allowed by Standing Order 64, the business of the day was called on.