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APPROACH OF THE DEPUTY OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL

The approach of the Deputy of His Excellency the Governor-General was announced by the Usher of the Black Rod.

The Right Honourable Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs, G.C.M.G., K.B.E., Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Deputy of His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, entered the Chamber and took his seat on the dais.

The Deputy then directed the Usher of the Black Rod to let the Members of the House of Representatives know that he desired their attendance in the Senate.

The Members of the House of Representatives being in attendance-

The Deputy addressed the Members of both Houses, as follows:

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 which will now be read by the Clerk of the Senate.

The Clerk then read the Instrument, as follows:

APPOINTMENT OF A DEPUTY OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO DECLARE OPEN THE PARLIAMENT

I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, pursuant to section 126 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia and Clause IV of the Letters Patent dated 24 August 1984 relating to the office of Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, hereby appoint Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs, Chief Justice of Australia, to be my deputy within the Australian Capital Territory to declare open the Parliament of the Commonwealth at the time and place appointed by the Proclamation published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 29 January 1985.

Dated 29th January 1985.

N. M. STEPHEN

Governor-General

By His Excellency's Command,

BOB HAWKE

Prime Minister