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On which day, being the first day of the meeting of the Sixty-first Session of the Parliament for the despatch of business pursuant to a Proclamation published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of Thursday, 7 April 1983, Alan Ritchie Cumming Thom, Clerk of the Senate, Herbert Charles Nicholls, Deputy-Clerk, and Peter Neil Murdoch, Usher of the Black Rod, attending in the said place, and the other clerks attending according to their duty-

And the Senators having taken their seats-

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


Commonwealth of Australia N. M. STEPHEN By His Excellency the Governor-General Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

WHEREAS by section 5 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia it is provided, amongst other things, that the Governor-General may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit:

NOW THEREFORE I, Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, by this Proclamation appoint Thursday, 21 April 1983 as the day for the Parliament of the Commonwealth to assemble for the despatch of business:

And all Senators and Members of the House of Representatives are hereby required to give their attendance accordingly at Parliament House, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, at 10.30 o'clock in the morning on Thursday, 21 April 1983.

Given under my Hand and the Great Seal of Australia on the seventh day of April 1983.

By His Excellency's Command,


Prime Minister