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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7563

The PRESIDENT (9:31 AM) —After consultation with senators this week, including at the Senate Appropriations and Staffing Committee, I am pleased to advise the Senate that I intend to appoint Dr Rosemary Laing to the position of Clerk of the Senate. Dr Laing is a highly regarded officer of the Department of the Senate and has extensive knowledge and experience in parliamentary law, procedure and practice. She joined the Department of the Senate in 1990 as Director of Research and has served as the secretary of a range of different Senate committees, and as a Clerk Assistant (Committees), Clerk Assistant (Procedure) and Clerk Assistant (Table).

She has been the Deputy Clerk since 2005. Dr Laing holds a BA with first-class honours from Sydney University, a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law with merit from ANU. Dr Laing was selected after a comprehensive appointment process that included the consideration by a panel made up of two former Senate presidents, Kerry Sibraa and Margaret Reid, and assisted by the Parliamentary Service Commissioner, Lynelle Briggs. I thank them for their participation in the process.

I will appoint Dr Laing as Clerk of the Senate from 5 December after the term of the current Clerk, Mr Harry Evans, expires in accordance with the provisions of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999. I congratulate Dr Laing and look forward to working with her in her in new role. The current Clerk, Mr Harry Evans, has made an outstanding contribution to the operations of the Senate over many years and I am sure there will be an opportunity to say something more about him closer to the end of sittings.