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VACANCY IN THE REPRESENTATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA—CHOICE OF SUSAN LINES

The President informed the Senate that he had received, through the Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia, from the Governor of Western Australia, a copy of the certificate of the choice by the Parliament of Western Australia of Susan Lines to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Evans.

The President tabled the copy of the certificate as follows:

 4 June 2013

 Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC

 Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

 Government House

 Dunrossil Drive

 YARRALUMLA ACT 2600

 Your Excellency

 I have the honour to inform you that the President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia has advised me in the following terms:

  "MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY

  With reference to Your Excellency's Message to Parliament enclosing copy of a notification from the Honourable the President of the Senate of the Commonwealth, that a vacancy had happened in the representation of Western Australia in the Senate of the Commonwealth, I do myself the honour to inform you that at a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament of the State of Western Australia, held at Perth on the 15th day of May 2013, the Members of such Houses sitting and voting together, in pursuance of Section 15 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, did choose Susan Lines, union official, of 16A Cargill Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia, to hold the place vacated by Senator Chris Evans."

 Yours sincerely

 Malcolm McCusker

 Governor.

Senator sworn: Senator Lines, pursuant to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, then made and subscribed the affirmation of allegiance at the table.