How senators win a seat in the senate: The members of the senate are elected on a separate permit to the House of Representatives. Senators are elected by all the people of the particular state they represent, not a single electorate.
“The president” of the senate is the presiding officer of the senate whose chief function is also to guide and regulate the proceeding in the senate. The president is also responsible for the administration of the department of the senate; in, much the same way as the government minister is responsible for the operation of a government department.
“The Usher of the Black Rod” is a parliamentary official in the Senate. The Usher of the Black Rod’s main responsibility in the chamber is to help the President maintain order and to organise the details of the Senate’s operation both within the chamber and throughout the Senate building. At the beginning of each day’s session, the Usher of the Black Rod escorts the President into the Senate chamber. The Usher of the Black Rod sits in the chamber at the back of the government seats.
“Hansard reporters” record, transcribe, edit and prepare for publication the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, their committees, and ministerial and other conferences. Reporters work in teams of between seven and 10 reporters and write for 10 minutes at a time.
Clerk: Both the House of Representatives and the Senate each have a Clerk (pronounced ‘Clark’) who is the chief parliamentary official who sits in front of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The Clerks are career officials and are not elected members or senators. The Clerk is the only non elected person in the chamber who is allowed to speak when the Parliament is sitting.
The Clerk has two main areas of work. The first is the responsibility of assisting the Speaker or the President (the presiding officers) to run the Parliament in each chamber. The Clerk must know all the rules and conventions of the Parliament and be able to assist members and senators in the day to day running of parliamentary business.
Deputy leader of the senate-The Leader of the Government in the Senate, Robert Hill, today paid tribute to Senator Richard Alston, his deputy in the Senate since 1993. Senator Hill said Senator Alston had made a huge contribution to the Senate and as a senior member of the Liberal Party. “Senator Alston has been a long and loyal deputy and of great assistance to me,” Senator Hill said. “It has been a pleasure to work with him as Deputy Leader both in Opposition and in Government.”