Chapter 3 - Deputy president and chairman of committees

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Standing Orders

9 Term of office

(1) At the commencement of the sittings next ensuing after the 30th day of June following each periodical election, or at the commencement of the session after a general election of the Senate, or when any vacancy occurs, the Senate shall appoint a senator to be Deputy President and Chair of Committees.

(2) The office of Deputy President and Chair of Committees shall become vacant:

(a) on the day next before the first sitting day of the Senate after the 30th day of June following a periodical election; and

(b) on the date of a proclamation dissolving the Senate.

(amended 6 May 1993)

10 Appointment of Deputy President

The Deputy President and Chair of Committees shall be appointed in a similar manner to the President.

11 Duty of Chair

The Chair of Committees shall take the chair of the committee at the table whenever a committee of the whole is constituted.

12 Temporary Chairs

The President shall nominate at the commencement of each Parliament a panel of not less than 2 senators who may act as Temporary Chairs of Committees when requested so to do by the Chair of Committees, or when the Chair of Committees is absent.

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