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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Page: 9457


The PRESIDENT (09:31): I inform the chamber that this morning the Speaker of the House of Representatives indicated to the other place that he would be tendering his resignation as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and that he would be going to see the Governor-General this morning. I noted his very fine comments in respect of me and former President Alan Ferguson, with whom he has worked. I thank him for those comments. I also noted his comments in respect of the cordial relationships he has had with this chamber over his service as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish him and his wife all the best. I understand that he is maintaining his position as a member of the House of Representatives although he no longer will be the Speaker. We wish them the best in the future for their careers.

Honourable senators: Hear, hear!