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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 11668

Mr TRUSS (Wide BayLeader of The Nationals) (22:15): I am delighted to congratulate my friend, colleague, neighbour and partner in the parliament from the class of 1990 on his election as Deputy Speaker. Bruce has spent a lot of time in the chair. He is therefore well experienced and well able to undertake the task. He is a great champion of rural and regional Queensland—and, indeed, of rural Australia generally—and it is appropriate that his service be recognised in this special way.

He moves up one place, and you, Madam Speaker Burke, move up one place. We therefore now have a very experienced Speaker and Deputy Speaker. I am sure that you both will provide great leadership to this House. Congratulations, Bruce, and best wishes in your new position.