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Thursday, 20 August 2009
Page: 8545


The SPEAKER (2:31 PM) —I inform the House that we have present in the gallery this afternoon the Hon. Joan Child AO. Joan was the fourth woman to be elected to this House and its first female Labor member. She was the first female Speaker of the House and the only person to be Speaker in the provisional Parliament House and this Parliament House. August 22 this year marks the 21st anniversary of the first sittings in this House and Mrs Child taking the chair in this chamber for the first time after the move from Old Parliament House. On behalf of all members I extend to Joan Child a very warm welcome.

Honourable members—Hear, hear!