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Friday, 24 October 2003
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His Excellency Hu Jintao having been announced and escorted into the chamber—


The SPEAKER —Mr President, I welcome you to the House of Representatives chamber. Your address today to members and senators is indeed a significant occasion in the history of our federal parliament. I acknowledge the honoured Chinese guests among us and extend a welcome to Mr Wang Gang, Director of the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and other senior officials who are in the gallery. On behalf of the parliament, I extend a very warm welcome to our visitors.