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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—TAXATION—MINERALS RESOURCE RENT TAX

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, Senator Macdonald and Senator Siewert had each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75 proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the Deputy President informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The urgent need for the Government to apply the benefits of the mining boom to addressing acute urban challenges in Australian cities, including those outlined in the Capital Cities Liveability Index such as traffic congestion, housing affordability and loss of natural habitat with high quality urban regeneration and investment in public transport.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.