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On which day at 11 a.m., being the first day of the meeting of the Sixty-second Session of the Parliament for the despatch of business pursuant to a Proclamation published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of Tuesday, 29 January 1985, Alan Ritchie Cumming Thom, Clerk of the Senate, Herbert Charles Nicholls, Deputy-Clerk, and Robert William Alison, Usher of the Black Rod, attending in their places-

And the Senators having taken their seats, and the President (Senator the Honourable Douglas McClelland) having taken the Chair-

The Proclamation calling the Parliament together was read by the Clerk, as follows:


Commonwealth of Australia

N. M. STEPHEN By His Excellency the Governor-General Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

WHEREAS by section 5 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia it is provided, amongst other things, that the Governor-General may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit:

NOW THEREFORE I, Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, by this Proclamation appoint Thursday, 21 February 1985 as the day for the Parliament of the Commonwealth to assemble for the despatch of business.

And all Senators and Members of the House of Representatives are hereby required to give their attendance accordingly at Parliament House, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, at 11 o'clock in the morning on Thursday, 21 February 1985.

Given under my Hand and the Great Seal of Australia on the twenty-ninth day of January 1985. By His Excellency's Command,


Prime Minister