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DEATH OF FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR ZELMAN COWEN, AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 8 December 2011, of former Governor-General the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC, Governor-General from 1977 to 1982.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans), by leave, moved—That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death, on 8 December 2011, of the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC, former Governor-General of Australia from 1977 to 1982, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

The motion was supported and all senators present stood in silence—

Question passed.