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1       Meeting of Senate

The Senate met at 9.30 am, pursuant to a proclamation made by His Excellency the Governor-General under section 5 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, published on 21 March 2016. The President (Senator the Honourable Stephen Parry) took the chair.

The proclamation calling the Parliament together was read by the Clerk, as follows:


I, peter john cosgrove , Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting under section 5 of the Constitution which provides, among other things, that the Governor-General may prorogue the Parliament and may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit, by this Proclamation:

·          prorogue the Parliament from 5 pm on Friday, 15 April 2016, until 9.30 am on Monday, 18 April 2016;

·          appoint Monday, 18 April 2016, at 9.30 am as the day and time for the Parliament to meet at Parliament House to hold a session of the Parliament; and

·          summon all Senators and Members of the House of Representatives to meet at that day, time and place.

Signed and sealed with

the Great Seal of Australia on

21 March 2016

Peter Cosgrove


By His Excellency’s Command

Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister.