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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Page: 9909

Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) (2:00 PM) —We look forward to that with the usual levels of anticipation, excitement and joy.

Mr Tuckey —If you listen, you’ll learn something!

Mr RUDD —He is, Mr Speaker, in every respect unique. Mr Speaker, I inform the House that the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will leave question time early today—

Opposition members—No!

Mr RUDD —Where’s ‘Hockey Joe’?—as he will be addressing the 9th World Congress of Metropolis and the Global Cities Conference in Sydney. Subsequent to his departure from the chamber, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation will answer questions on his behalf.