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Address to The King
The Senate met at the request of the Leaders of the Government and Opposition in the Senate, Senators Wong and Birmingham, in consultation with other senators to consider the following address to His Majesty King Charles the Third:
We, the members of the Senate in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, express our deep sympathy with Your Majesty and members of the Royal Family for the great loss sustained in the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our late Sovereign.
On behalf of the Australian people, we pay tribute to and acknowledge Her late Majesty's exceptional life of dedication to duty and commitment to Australia and the Commonwealth.
We extend our congratulations to Your Majesty on your accession to the throne.
We express our respect for Your Majesty and pledge to work to achieve peace and prosperity for Australia and the Commonwealth."
At the conclusion of the debate the Senate observed a moment of silence, after which it adjourned as a mark of respect.
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The Senate will next meet at 10 am on Monday, 26 September 2022.