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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 7601

The PRESIDENT (12:31): It is with deep regret that I inform the Senate of the death last month at the age of 97 of Charles Comans, QC, former First Parliamentary Counsel. It was after his retirement as First Parliamentary Counsel that Charles Comans became the Senate's first consultant legislative drafter in the early 1980s, drafting amendments and private senators' bills, mostly for non-government senators, in what became the Procedure Office of the Department of the Senate. He also helped to draft the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987, which began as the first private senator's bill introduced by a President of the Senate.