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The Acting Deputy President (Senator Ludlam) informed the Senate that the President had received letters requesting changes in the membership of committees.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers (Senator McLucas), by leave, moved—That senators be discharged from and appointed to committees as follows:

 Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee—

  Appointed—Senator Polley

 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee—

  Discharged—Senator Faulkner


   Senator Hutchins

   Participating member: Senator Faulkner

 New Taxes—Select Committee—


   Senators Cameron and Hutchins

   Participating members: Senators Bilyk, Bishop, Carol Brown, Crossin, Faulkner, Forshaw, Furner, Hurley, Marshall, McEwen, Moore, O'Brien, Polley, Pratt, Stephens, Sterle and Wortley

 Privileges—Standing Committee—

   Discharged—Senator Marshall

   Appointed—Senator Cameron

 Publications—Standing Committee—

   Appointed—Senator Furner

 Reform of the Australian Federation—Select Committee—


   Senators Back, Ryan and Trood

   Participating members: Senators Abetz, Adams, Barnett, Bernardi, Birmingham, Boswell, Boyce, Brandis, Bushby, Cash, Colbeck, Coonan, Cormann, Eggleston, Ferguson, Fierravanti-Wells, Fifield, Fisher, Heffernan, Humphries, Johnston, Joyce, Kroger, Macdonald, Mason, McGauran, Minchin, Nash, Parry, Payne, Ronaldson, Scullion, Troeth and Williams

 Scrutiny of Bills—Standing Committee—

  Discharged—Senator Cameron

  Appointed—Senator Marshall.

Question put and passed.