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    23   SPEAKER—RESIGNATION—ACCEPTANCE BY GOVERNOR-GENERAL

The following communication from Her Excellency the Governor-General was received, and was read at the Table by the Clerk:

I desire to inform the House of Representatives that I have received a letter dated 9 October 2012 from Mr Peter Slipper MP tendering his resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and that I have accepted his resignation.

Accordingly, I invite the House to elect a new Speaker.

QUENTIN BRYCE

Governor-General

Admiralty House

Sydney

9 October 2012