What role does the president do in the senate and why are they important?
The President of the Senate.
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The President of the Senate sits in a large red chair. There is another chair to the right. In front of the President, the Clerk and Deputy Clerk sit at a table with books on it.
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The President of the Senate is a senator who is chosen by all the other senators to be the Presiding Officer. This means that in addition to representing their state or territory, the President is responsible for running the meetings of the Senate.
The President has several responsibilities including:
- running meetings of the Senate, much like a chairperson runs a meeting
- making sure the rules of the Senate, known as the standing orders, are obeyed
- participating in special ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament
- overall responsibility for the Department of the Senate.