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The President announced that he had received from His Excellency the Governor- General a Commission to administer to Senators the oath or affirmation of allegiance.

The Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows: HIS EXCELLENCY the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, Knight of the Order of Australia, Knight Grand Cross of The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order, Knight Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Commander-in -Chief of the Defence Force.

To Senator the Honourable DOUGLAS McCLELLAND, President of the Senate

GREETING: WHEREAS by section 42 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia it is provided, amongst other things, that every Senator shall before taking his seat make and subscribe before the Governor-General, or some person authorised by him, an oath or affirmation of allegiance in the form set forth in the schedule to the Constitution:

NOW THEREFORE I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, hereby authorise you, from time to time, at Parliament House, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, to administer the oath or affirmation of allegiance to such Senators as have not already made and subscribed that oath or affirmation since being elected or appointed, or since last being elected or appointed, as Senators.

GIVEN under my Hand on 21 April 1983.

N. M. STEPHEN Governor-General By His Excellency's Command, BOB HAWKE Prime Minister