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Thursday, 29 November 2012
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Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:17): On indulgence, I note in the parliament that Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement in Perth. I have not had the opportunity to watch any of the coverage about that, but the Perth test will be his last test.

An opposition member: Good example; why don't you follow it!

Opposition members interjecting

Ms GILLARD: I am sure that, even in a parliament ruled with the sort of lack of civility of the opposition, we could spend one moment celebrating what has been a great cricketing career.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! I think the nation would be rather disappointed that, when we are talking about one of our cricket greats, you cannot even allow it to be heard. That is just ridiculous. The Prime Minister has the call and should be heard in silence.

Ms GILLARD: Thank you very much, Speaker. They get judged by that kind of conduct.

Ricky Ponting has announced that he will retire, that Perth will be his last test. This will be his 168th test. That will mean that he is equalling the record of Steve Waugh, which is a very important record. It means he is going to go into the next phase of his life with a lot of gratitude and a lot of thanks from the Australian community, full as it is of cricket tragics. It means that people are going to miss watching his performances, but we do wish him well for whatever the future brings.