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Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Page: 12

Ms GILLARD (Prime Minister) (12:00 PM) —Mr Speaker, I suspect that what I have to say is not going to surprise you, but I have ascertained that it will be Her Excellency the Governor-General’s pleasure to receive the Speaker in the Members Hall immediately after the resumption of the sitting at 2.30 pm.

The SPEAKER —Prior to my presentation to Her Excellency 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, when they may, if they so wish, be introduced to Her Excellency.

Sitting suspended from 12.01 pm to 2.30 pm

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.