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Thursday, 21 February 1985
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The Senate met at 11 a.m., pursuant to the proclamation of His Excellency the Governor-General.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. Douglas McClelland) took the chair.

The Clerk read the proclamation.

The Deputy appointed by His Excellency the Governor-General for the opening of the Parliament-the Right Honourable Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs, GCMG, KBE, Chief Justice of Australia-having been announced by the Usher of the Black Rod, entered the chamber and took his seat on the dais.

The Deputy directed the Usher to let the members of the House of Representatives know that he desired their attendance in the Senate chamber forthwith.

The members of the House of Representatives being in attendance,

The DEPUTY said:

Members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives:

His Excellency the Governor-General, not thinking fit to be present in person at this time, has been pleased to appoint me his Deputy to declare open the Parliament of the Commonwealth, as will more fully appear from the instrument of appointment which will now be read by the Clerk of the Senate.

The instrument having been read by the Clerk-

The DEPUTY said:

Members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives:

I have it in command from the Governor-General to let you know that, after certain members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall have been sworn, the causes of His Excellency calling this Parliament will be declared by him in person at this place; and, it being necessary that a Speaker of the House of Representatives shall first be chosen, you, members of the House of Representatives, will retire to the place where you are to sit, and there proceed to the choice of some proper person to be your Speaker; and later this day you will present the person whom you shall so choose to His Excellency at such time and place as he shall appoint. I will attend in the House of Representatives for the purpose of administering the oath or affirmation of allegiance to honourable members of that House.

The Deputy and members of the House of Representatives having retired-

The PRESIDENT again took the chair.