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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 330


Senator SMITH (Western AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (15:54): I, and also on behalf of Senators Hanson, Fawcett, Bushby, Bernardi, Fifield, Fierravanti-Wells, Ryan, Macdonald, Back, Nash, Williams, Scullion, Canavan, Ruston, McKenzie, Duniam, Cormann, Paterson, McGrath, Hume, Seselja, Cash, Sinodinos, Burston, Brandis, Roberts, Abetz and Reynolds move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) that 6 February 2017 marked 65 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne,

   (ii) the important and enduring role that Her Majesty has played, and continues to play, in Australia's remarkable democratic and constitutional stability during the years of her reign, and

   (iii) that Her Majesty has remained faithful to her vow made in 1947 - 'I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service'; and

(b) extends to Her Majesty its continuing appreciation for the gracious manner in which she continues to fulfil her duties as Queen of Australia.