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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Page: 13796


Ms BURKE (Chisholm) (14:02): Mr Speaker, on indulgence—and I will be very quick because I really have not had time to think about this, given the magnitude and the quickness of what transpired this morning: I put on the record my gratitude and thanks to the former Speaker, Harry Jenkins. I learned a great deal under him in the previous parliament. It was an honour to serve with him. I remind the opposition that the Westminster tradition is very robust and there are many parliaments that do not have a Speaker from the government presiding over them at this time. You need only look at many of our state parliaments to understand the Westminster tradition extends to democracy that turns up many variations of parliaments. I am deeply honoured to be doing this role and I look forward to working with everybody in the House.