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COMMITTEES-CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP

The President informed the Senate that he had received a letter from the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) requesting changes in the membership of certain Committees.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt), by leave, moved-

(1) That Senator Richardson be discharged from further attendance on the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations and that Senator Reynolds, having been duly nominated in accordance with Standing Order 36AA, be appointed a member of the Committee.

(2) That Senator Tate be discharged from further attendance on the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and till such time as a Senator has been appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the discharge of Senator Tate, that the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, or the Deputy Chairman when acting as Chairman, shall, in the event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote.

Question-put and passed.