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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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Mr PYNE (SturtLeader of the House and Minister for Defence Industry) (11:33): Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your re-election as Speaker of the House in the 45th Parliament. As you know, I have known you for about 30 years—it is now getting on far too long to even mention it any more—and we have been through a great deal together. I do concur with the remarks on both sides of the House, that you have been a very fair and reasonable Speaker, and I think that makes the whole parliament work much better. This is my 23rd year in the parliament and sometimes I have been on the Leader of the Opposition's side of the House and sometimes on this side of the House, and I have always tried to cooperate with all members to try and bring about a happier parliament, a better parliament.

An honourable member interjecting

Mr PYNE: What is wrong? What are you talking about? But, Mr Speaker, on a more serious note, I do know about both sides of the House and how they operate, and having a strong Speaker who tries to be fair to both sides, and keeps the standing orders, makes the parliament work better and it makes it look better, and I think the public appreciate it. You have done that in the almost 12 months that you have been the Speaker. I think in the years ahead, you will go down as one of the great speakers of the House of Representatives. I look forward to working with you again over the next three years as Leader of the House.

The SPEAKER: I thank the Leader of the House.