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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 11665

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (21:40): I am going to speak to the resolution before the chair. I am sure, Madam Speaker, that you will be very strong in enforcing the standing orders as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. You and I know each other extremely well. You had a second child at around the same time we had our first child, so we certainly share an understanding of the difficulties of juggling family responsibilities with our representational roles. In your case, while dealing with those difficulties, you have managed to turn what was a marginal seat into a much safer seat for this side of politics.

You are someone who has gained a great deal of experience from serving as the Deputy Speaker and, before that, on the Speaker's panel. You have had the experience of discussions with regard to the application of the new standing orders of this parliament. At all times you have displayed integrity and a sense of respect for this magnificent chamber in which we have the honour of serving.

Madam Speaker—that is a nice thing to say—I congratulate you. This is indeed an honour I know your husband and dear Madeleine and John will be very pleased with. I think your election to this position is a credit to you and the way you have conducted yourself. As the Leader of the House of Representatives, I look forward to working with you.