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Thursday, 21 February 1985
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Mr KATTER(12.03) —I think that the rather lengthy speech given by that gentlelady, the honourable member for Brand (Ms Fatin), was not entirely necessary. We know our former Speaker to be a beaut bloke and most of us have a deep respect for him. I might add that I have not only respect but an affection for him, and I make no secret of it. I should explain, particularly for the benefit of those who will have perhaps a happy but brief interlude in this House and who are entering the gentle stage of their political careers, that there is more to it than just respect and affection. Don Dobie, who we suggest should occupy the position of Speaker, has to his advantage a great and profound experience of the operation of many parliaments throughout the world. Not only is he familiar with the system but also he is familiar with the parliaments themselves. So he would bring to this House a great degree of impartiality. His election would also prove to the House the substance of the assertion made by our Prime Minister (Mr Hawke). In very decisive terms during his first campaign he pointed out that where he saw talent amongst the other parties he would certainly single out that talent and put it at the disposal of the House. It is with a great deal of pleasure that I second the nomination of Don Dobie. I think he would conduct this House in a splendid and impartial manner.

The Clerk-In accordance with the Standing Orders, the bells will be rung and a ballot taken.

The bells having been rung and a ballot having been taken-

The Clerk-The result of the ballot is: Dr Jenkins, 81 votes; Mr Dobie, 65 votes. Dr Jenkins is declared elected.

Mr SPEAKER (Hon. Harry Jenkins) —I wish to express my grateful thanks for the high honour the House has been pleased to bestow upon me.

Mr Speaker having seated himself in the chair-