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The President announced that he had received from His Excellency the Governor-General a Commission to administer to Senators the oath or affirmation of allegiance.

The Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows:

I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, pursuant to section 42 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, hereby authorise KERRY WALTER SIBRAA, President of the Senate, from time to time, at Parliament House, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, to administer the oath or affirmation of allegiance to such Senators as have not already made and subscribed that oath or affirmation since being elected or appointed, or since last being elected or appointed, as Senators.

Dated 17 February 1987

By His Excellency's Command...NINIAN STEPHEN

BOB HAWKE...Governor-General

Prime Minister