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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6308

Mr HOCKEY (1:59 PM) —On indulgence, I will accommodate the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—and I thank her for agreeing to continue up to two o’clock—and in these 60 seconds recognise a good guy who is in the gallery: Stephen Martin, a former Speaker in this place. I do believe that the former member for Cunningham is a good guy. He was in this place when I came in in 1996. I recall him being on the famous House of Representatives Standing Committee on Financial Institutions and Public Administration briefly with Mark Latham, Greg Wilton, the now Leader of the House, Ralph Willis and Bob McMullan, who is still in this place.

It is wonderful to see Stephen Martin, a well-respected former member of this place and a wonderful former Speaker. Ironically, he was very balanced and very accommodating of the opposition. He was a balanced and genuine person, not unlike you, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER —I thank the member for North Sydney for his cooperation. He gives me the opportunity to say that Speaker Martin was well served by a Deputy Speaker of great talent! I do recognise that former Speaker Martin is in the gallery. On behalf of members, I convey to him a warm welcome.

Honourable members—Hear, hear!