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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Page: 10

Mr BANDT (Melbourne) (12:06): Madam Speaker, on behalf of the Greens I extend our congratulations to you. As has been said, in this parliament you may have fewer moments than our previous Speakers where your heart is in your mouth as you wait to see which way the crossbenchers are going to vote on matters of confidence and the like. But I can report from this corner of the chamber that we are still here; reports of the death of the crossbench were remarkably premature! There are five of us in this parliament, compared with the six that were returned at the last parliament. So my one request of you, Madam Speaker, is that, when you look to the right and to the left for people seeking the call, you also look down the middle.