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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—ADMINISTRATION—LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFERENDUM—FUNDING

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, Senator Fifield and Senator Siewert 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 Fifield had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The failure of the Gillard Government to commit to equal resources for a `yes' case and a `no' case for the proposed referendum question on the Constitution and local government.

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