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Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Hutchins and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 311—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) with sadness, the passing of the architect of the Sydney Opera House, Mr Joern Utzon, on 29 November 2008, and

  (ii) the immense contribution that he made to Australia's architecture and international image;

 (b) commends the reconciliation between Mr Utzon and the New South Wales Government following their 1966 fallout; and

 (c) offers its condolences to his family, including his wife, children and grandchildren.

Question put and passed.