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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1413

The PRESIDENT (12:31): Yesterday I informed the Senate that I had received letters from Senator Griff and Senator Hanson seeking appointment to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network. There are two nominations for one position on the committee, the position to be nominated by any minority group or independent senators. In accordance with standing orders, a ballot will now be held to determine which of the two senators who have nominated is to be appointed. Before proceeding to the ballot, we will ring the bells for four minutes.

The bells having be en rung--

The PRESIDENT: The Senate will now proceed to ballot. Ballot papers will be distributed to each senator, and you are asked to write the name of the senator that you prefer for the committee position, being either Senator Griff or Senator Hanson. I invite Senator Kakoschke-Moore and Senator Burston to act as scrutineers.

A ballot having been taken—

The PRESIDENT: The result of the ballot being 35 votes for Senator Griff and 30 votes for Senator Hanson, Senator Griff is therefore elected as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, nominated by a minority group or independent senators.