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The President announced the resignation of Senator Kathryn Jean Martin, from 5 November 1984, and advised the Senate that, pursuant to section 21 of the Constitution, he had notified the Governor of the State of Queensland that a vacancy had happened in the representation of that State.

The President further announced that he had received, through His Excellency the Governor-General, from the Governor of Queensland, a certificate of the choice of Warwick Raymond Parer as a Senator to fill the vacancy.

The Certificate was tabled, and read by the Clerk as follows:Government House Brisbane Queensland 23 November 1984 Your Excellency, I have received a letter from the Honourable the Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly informing me that on 22nd November 1984, Mr Warwick Raymond Parer, Manager, of 412 Pine Mountain Road, Mount Gravatt, Queensland, was chosen to hold the place in the Senate of the Parliament of the Commonwealth rendered vacant through the resignation of Senator Kathryn Jean Martin.

Yours sincerely, JAMES RAMSAY Governor His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen, A.K., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., K.B.E., Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Government House, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600.

New Senator Sworn: Warwick Raymond Parer, Senator for Queensland, then, pursuant to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, made and subscribed the oath of allegiance at the Table.