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Thursday, 5 December 1985
Page: 2977


Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —by leave-As the Senate would know, the constitution of the Australian Democrats prescribes that all members of the party should have an opportunity of voting for all policy matters and leadership positions. As the Senate also would know, due to an error outside the control of the party certain members were deprived of a vote in the ballot counted in August and another ballot for deputy leadership was conducted. In that ballot, which was counted last evening, Senator Janine Haines was elected Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats and I congratulate her on her success. I also place on record the outstanding loyalty and magnificent service given to myself and the party by Senator Colin Mason, who has served with great distinction as Deputy Leader since the formation of the party in 1977.