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PLP: new senator to be announced next week

Sessions House (File photograph)

The Upper House convenes tomorrow — but a new Opposition Leader in the Senate has yet to be announced, the Progressive Labour Party said this afternoon.

A Senate vacancy was left in the PLP ranks after Marc Daniels, the former leader, declared on November 5 that he was stepping down.

Mr Daniels resigned after PLP leader Marc Bean announced his retirement from politics the day before.

In statement issued this afternoon, the party said that David Burt, the new PLP leader, had expected to appoint a fresh senator tomorrow — but deferred the swearing-in until next week, because of prior commitments on the part of the appointee.

The PLP will complete its Senate team, including the selection of a Senate leader, once the appointment has been made official.

The statement gave the PLP’s confidence in its present senators, Renee Ming and Kim Wilkerson, to contribute to tomorrow’s session.

The Senate is set to gather for its Throne Speech debate at Parliament instead of convening in its usual chamber in Cabinet House, which is being refurbished.