The President

The President of the Senate in the Australian Parliament is the presiding officer who chairs meetings of the Senate. The President is also the spokesperson for the Senate, who represents the Senate in dealings with the Governor-General, the executive government, the House of Representatives and persons outside the Parliament. The position also has responsibilities relating to the administration of the Senate and the management of Parliament House. The President is a senator, usually with some years of experience, who is elected to the position by the members of the Senate. The current convention is that presidents are elected from the party or coalition which forms government.

The President of the Senate, Senator Sue Lines