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Thursday, 16 October 2003
Page: 21657

Mr EDWARDS (3:12 PM) —Mr Speaker, could those of us who have to catch planes back to the more distant states be given any idea of how long the sitting might go for on Friday?

The SPEAKER —I ask the Leader of the House to respond as to whether he has any indication.

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) —I have not been given any specific length of time by the President of the People's Republic of China, but I imagine a ceremonial address of this nature would not go for an inordinate length of time, and I would be fairly confident that a lunchtime or early afternoon flight—

Mr Melham —Castro does four hours!

Mr ABBOTT —I think the President of China is a reformed member of a certain political party, and I think that the member would be safe to catch an early afternoon flight back to Perth.

The SPEAKER —For the information of members, particularly the member for Cowan, I indicate that the Serjeant-at-Arms has said that it is anticipated that the sitting would not extend much beyond an hour. I hope that is helpful to the member for Cowan.