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The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick), by leave, moved--That, during the absence of the President, the Chairman of Committees shall, on each sitting day, take the Chair of the Senate as Deputy-President, and may, during such absence, perform the duties and exercise the authority of the President in relation to all proceedings of the Senate and to proceedings of Standing and Joint Statutory Committees to which the President is appointed.

Question--put and passed.