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The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate that the President had received letters requesting changes in the membership of committees.

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig), by leave, moved—That senators be discharged from and appointed to committees as follows:

 Community Affairs—Standing Committee—

  Appointed--Substitute member: Senator Fifield to replace Senator Adams from 10 March to 12 May 2009

 Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee—

  Appointed--Senator Williams for the duration of the committee's inquiry into financial products and services in Australia

 Finance and Public Administration—Standing Committee—

  Discharged--Senator Fifield

  Appointed--Senator Bernardi

 Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee—


   Substitute member: Senator Ludlam to replace Senator Hanson-Young for the committee's inquiry into Australia's judicial system

   Participating member: Senator Hanson-Young.

Question put and passed.