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The approach of His Excellency the Administrator of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, Air Marshal Sir James Rowland, K.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C., was announced by the Usher of the Black Rod.

His Excellency, having been conducted to the Chair, informed Senators that he was present to administer to Senators elected to serve in the Senate from 1 July 1985 the oath or affirmation of allegiance, as required by section 42 of the Constitution.