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13    Death of former senator Stephen Patrick Hutchins

The Deputy President (Senator Lines) informed the Senate of the death, on 24 November 2017, of Stephen Patrick Hutchins, a senator for the state of New South Wales from 1998 to 2011.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Brandis), by leave, moved—That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 24 November 2017, of Stephen Patrick Hutchins, formerly a senator for New South Wales, places on record its gratitude for his service to the Parliament and the nation, and tenders its sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

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

Question passed.

General business was called on.