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Tuesday, 27 February 2001
Page: 24481

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) (3:25 PM) —Mr Speaker, could I have your indulgence to briefly mention that during the recess I had the opportunity of visiting in hospital the Minister for Finance and Administration shortly after his operation.

Mr SPEAKER —The Prime Minister may proceed.

Mr HOWARD —I know that members on both sides of the House will be pleased to know that he was in very good spirits. It was, as reported, a very serious operation, but he was in good heart. He was looking forward to going home. He will be absent for a number of weeks. That evening, he was looking forward to viewing on television a couple of rugby league games, which of course is his great sporting passion. I took the opportunity, on behalf of members on both sides of the House, to wish him well and to extend the hope that he will be back amongst us as soon as possible. I thought that members would appreciate hearing that.