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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) informed the Senate that Senator Peter Rae had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The failure of the Prime Minister and the Government to respond clearly and firmly to the depreciation of the Australian dollar''.

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

Discussion ensued.

Discussion concluded.

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