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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Page: 9


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (12:01): Speaker Bishop, I congratulate you and I wish you well in terms of your tasks for the 44th Parliament. All of us know that you have a fondness—indeed, a forensic passion—for the standing orders. You bring to this House decades of experience. With your capacities, there is no doubt that, within another government, you would have been a very good minister. I trust you to be independent, as you have stated, and I believe that, through carrying out your functions in an independent manner, you will honour the best traditions of the Westminster system. Again, on behalf of the opposition, please accept our congratulations.