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The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) advising that this day he intended to move-That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: ''In light of the kite flying about means testing the supporting spouse allowance in the taxation system and family allowances in the social security system, the need to make it clear to the Government and the pending tax summit that there must be provisions in the tax and social security systems to allow for the additional responsibilities of those with dependents''.

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

Debate ensued.

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

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

Question-That the motion be agreed to-put accordingly and passed.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Papers was called on.