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Statement on Indulgence, House of Representatives: speech, Parliament House



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Statement on Indulgence, House of Representatives, Parliament House May 29, 2013

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Thank you Madam Speaker and I appreciate the opportunity to say a few words in response to the member for Batman.

This House has just heard a heartfelt statement from deep in the Labor tradition.

It is a sad day for the Parliament, a sad day for the Labor Party and a sad day for the country that someone of the member for Batman’s stature is choosing to serve our country in a different capacity.

The member for Batman, if I may say so, Madam Speaker, is not simply another member of this Parliament.

He is steeped in this Parliament.

He is steeped in the traditions of service.

He is steeped in the traditions of Parliaments around this country.

If I may use the phrase, the member for Batman is Labor Party royalty.

I have, in times past, Madam Speaker, somewhat slightingly referred to the ‘hereditary peers’ of this Parliament. I regret, on this

occasion, that I did so then. I should not have made light of the tradition which the member for Batman represents, the tradition of service to party and country which the member for Batman and his family has represented for several generations.

The member for Batman spoke with considerable emotion. He respects the party he served.

I should say, from this side of the Parliament, we, too, respect the party he has served.

Over the years the Labor Party has made a monumental contribution to this country.

The Labor Party, at its best, has been a nation-building party and the member for Batman has always harkened to the best

traditions of the Australian Labor Party.

I regret, Madam Speaker, that he feels unable to stay in the Parliament.

I regret that he felt unable to remain in the current government.

The Government, his party, the Parliament and our country will be the poorer for his absence.

Well may we shed a tear, Madam Speaker, for things which were, which should be, but which are not and from this side of the political trench, I salute an honourable opponent and a great Australian.

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