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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 2999

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - by leave- I move:

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.

Mr Deputy President,in moving the motion I am sure that all honourable senators will join with me in expressing our regret at the indisposition of the President and also will join with me in wishing him a complete and very speedy recovery.

Honourable senators- Hear, hear!

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Webster)- I thank the House for the honour conferred on me in granting me the position of Acting President for the ensuing period. Honourable senators will be pleased to learn that I have seen the President, the Hon. Justin O 'Byrne, this morning and that he is in particularly good health. He extends his best wishes to honourable senators and asked me to advise the Senate that he is suffering from what is known as a DVTthat is, a deep vein thrombosis. He will be in the Canberra Hospital until the end of this week and does not think it likely that he will be resuming his duties during this current session.

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