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Thursday, 24 November 2011
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Mr STEPHEN SMITH (PerthMinister for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House) (17:14): Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I again congratulate you on your elevation to high office. I note that the newly elected Deputy Speaker is in the chamber and I also congratulate her. As defence minister I ask members of the House, over the break, to spare a thought for our Australian Defence Force personnel serving overseas. In particular, I ask members of the House and the Australian community to spare a thought for the families and loved ones of those fatalities and causalities that we have seen from Afghanistan.

The SPEAKER: I associate myself with the remarks made by honourable members at this time of the year.

Mr STEPHEN SMITH: As Deputy Leader of the House, there being no more question times between now and Christmas Eve, I move:

That the House do now adjourn.

Question agreed to.

House adjourned at 17:15


Thursday, 24 November 2011

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. Peter Slipper) took the chair at 09:31.