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The Acting Deputy President (Senator Crossin) informed the Senate that the President had received a letter requesting changes in the membership of a committee.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence (Senator Feeney), by leave, moved—That Senator Siewert replace Senator Ludlam on the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for the committee's inquiry into the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010, and Senator Ludlam be appointed as a participating member.

Question put and passed.

A message from the House of Representatives was reported informing the Senate of the appointment of members of the House of Representatives to the Joint Select Committee on the Parliamentary Budget Office, as follows:

 Message no. 86, dated 23 February 2011—Ms AE Burke, Mr Champion, Mrs D'Ath, Mr Pyne, Ms O'Dwyer and Mr Oakeshott.