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ELECTION OF PRESIDENT

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), addressing the Clerk of the Senate by name, reminded the Senate that the time had now come when it was necessary for the Senate to choose one of its Members to be President-

Whereupon Senator Button proposed Senator McClelland to the Senate for its President and moved-That Senator McClelland do take the Chair of the Senate as President.

Which motion was seconded by the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes).

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) proposed Senator Jessop to the Senate for its President and moved-That Senator Jessop do take the Chair of the Senate as President.

Which motion was seconded by Senator Durack.

And Senators McClelland and Jessop having addressed themselves to the Senate-

The Senate thereupon proceeded to ballot; and the ballot being concluded, the Clerk reported the result, as follows:

Senator McClelland...41 votes

Senator Jessop ...32 votes

and declared Senator McClelland elected as President.

The President-elect returned his acknowledgements to the Senate for the honour conferred upon him and assumed the Chair. He was congratulated by Senators Jessop, Button, Chaney, the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), and Senators Collard, Harradine and Vallentine.

Senator Button informed the Senate that His Excellency the Administrator would receive the President, and such honourable Senators as desired to accompany him, in the Senate Opposition Party Room forthwith.

Suspension of Sitting: At 2.42 p.m., the sitting of the Senate was suspended till 3.30 p.m.

The Senate having resumed-

The President reported that, accompanied by Members of the Senate, he had presented himself to His Excellency the Administrator, who had graciously congratulated him upon his election as President.