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Tuesday, 16 September 2003
Page: 20150

Mr MURPHY (3:39 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to ask a question of you under standing order 152. However, before I ask that question I wish to say I read your media release about your retirement at the next federal election. I acknowledge that, as you said in your press release, you have seen your role in this House as ensuring that the right of every member to be heard is recognised. I have had a pretty good run, and I think your timing is exquisite. I wish you well in your retirement.

The SPEAKER —Does the member for Lowe have something he wishes to draw to my attention under standing order 152?

Mr MURPHY —During question time today, the member for Jagajaga asked the Minister for Education, Science and Training a couple of questions. During the education minister's reply to the first question, the Leader of the Opposition was making an invaluable and lasting contribution to the debate when you observed that he was the most persistent interjector in the parliament. My question to you, Mr Speaker, is: in the interests of balanced umpiring, would you care to inform the House who the most persistent interjector from the government is?

The SPEAKER —The member for Lowe will resume his seat, and I warn him!