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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Page: 23417


Mr ANDERSON (Deputy Prime Minister) (2:02 PM) —On indulgence, Mr Speaker, I too extend my good wishes and those of The Nationals to the member for Hotham and his wife, Carole, and to the Beazleys. Can I also, in congratulating the member for Werriwa on his election as Leader of the Opposition, note that I think the Australian people want and expect us to engage in robust debate about how we can best serve their future. I note that the member for Werriwa says he is committed to the best interests of the Australian people and wants to be positive. I look forward in particular to seeing some good, robust and serious engagement on rural and regional issues. Australia does not end at the Great Divide.