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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 Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong), by leave, moved—That senators be discharged from and appointed to committees as follows:

 Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee—


   Substitute member: Senator Siewert to replace Senator Ludlam for the committee's inquiry into the impact of mining operations on the Murray-Darling Basin

   Participating member: Senator Ludlam

 Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—


   Substitute member: Senator Adams to replace Senator Heffernan for the committee's inquiry into rural and regional access to secondary and tertiary education opportunities

   Participating member: Senator Heffernan.

Question put and passed.

General business was called on.