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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 4

Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (12:39): by leave—I advise the Senate that, following the resignation of Senator Bilyk from the position, at the meeting of the federal parliamentary Labor Party yesterday, Senator Dastyari has been elected unopposed as Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate, with effect from the meeting of the Senate this afternoon. I thank members of the media for their interest in his ascension to this position. I congratulate Senator Dastyari on his election. Both personally and as leader, I thank Senator Bilyk for her work over the last 3½ years as Deputy Opposition Whip. I know she will continue to make an outstanding contribution to this chamber as a fine senator for Tasmania.