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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Page: 12

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (12:13): Madam Speaker, I have ascertained that it will be Her Excellency the Governor-General's pleasure to receive you in the Members Hall immediately after the resumption of sittings at 2.30 pm.

The SPEAKER: Prior to my presentation to Her Excellency the Governor-General this afternoon the bells will ring for five minutes so that honourable members may attend in the chamber and accompany me to the Members Hall, where they may, if they wish to, be introduced to Her Excellency.

Proceedings suspended from 12 : 14 to 14:30

The Speaker and honourable members proceeded to the Members Hall and having returned—

The SPEAKER: I have to report that, accompanied by honourable members, I proceeded to the Members Hall and presented myself to Her Excellency the Governor-General as the choice of the House as its Speaker and that Her Excellency was kind enough to congratulate me.