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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:37): I would like to start by congratulating the member for Parkes on the win that he has just had. There is a vacancy in my book of favourite Nationals, so I am hoping he will take over from his predecessor, Bruce Scott, who took over from Paul Neville. Of course, that will rely on you being a very good and unbiased Deputy Speaker. I have high hopes on that score.

I also want to congratulate the member for McEwen. Youse was robbed, Rob! We know you would have made a great Deputy Speaker, because you are a person with a very professional background who is deeply committed to his community and deeply committed to representing the people of McEwen in this place—a man who takes our democracy very seriously but does not mind having a laugh with his friends too.