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Monday, 10 September 2018
Page: 8507


Mrs WICKS (Robertson) (16:34): In rising, may I also associate my comments with the member for Dobell and congratulate her on an outstanding event.

Like many members, I recently received dozens and dozens of requests for a portrait of our monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I've had the honour of being the member for Robertson five years now, but I have to say that never before have I received so many requests in such a short space of time. Being a constitutional monarchist myself, I was pleased to be able to provide a portrait of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to local residents on the Central Coast.

With so many people writing to me expressing their admiration of the Queen and the royal family, I invited them for afternoon tea, and we had a delightful conversation over cups of tea, cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. We spoke about the wonderful work of the Queen and her contribution to our nation and the Commonwealth over more than six decades.

A division having been called in the House of Representatives—

Sitting suspended from 16:35 to 17:12