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ELECTION OF PRESIDENT

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick), addressing the Clerk of the Senate by name, reminded the Senate that the time had now come when it was necessary for the Senate to choose one of its Members to be President--

Whereupon Senator Carrick proposed Senator Young to the Senate for its President and moved--That Senator Young do take the Chair of the Senate as President.

Which motion was seconded by the Leader of the National Country Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator Scott).

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) proposed Senator Colston to the Senate for its President and moved--That Senator Colston do take the Chair of the Senate as President.

Which motion was seconded by Senator Grimes.

And Senators Young and Colston having addressed themselves to the Senate--

The Senate thereupon proceeded to ballot; and the ballot being concluded, the Clerk reported the result, as follows:

Senator Young .. . . 37 votes

Senator Colston . . . . 27 votes

and declared Senator Young elected as President.

The President elect returned his acknowledgments to the Senate for the honour conferred upon him, and assumed the Chair and was congratulated by Senators Carrick, Button, The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), and Senators Scott, Colston, Harradine and Haines.

Senator Carrick acquainted the Senate that His Excellency the Governor-General would receive the President, and such honourable Senators as desired to accompany him, in the Senate Opposition Party Room forthwith.

Suspension of Sitting: At ten minutes to four p.m., the sitting of the Senate was suspended till twenty-five minutes to five p.m.

The Senate having resumed--

The President reported that, accompanied by Members of the Senate, he had presented himself to His Excellency the Governor-General, who had graciously congratulated him upon his appointment as President.