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Mr Howard (Prime Minister) stated that he had ascertained it would be His Excellency the Governor-General's pleasure to receive the Speaker in the Members' Hall following the resumption of the sitting at 2.30 p.m.

And the sitting of the House having been suspended at 12.02 p.m. until 2.30 p.m.—

The Speaker, after resuming the Chair, went with Members of the House to attend His Excellency; and, having returned, the Speaker reported that he had presented himself to His Excellency the Governor-General as the choice of the House of Representatives as its Speaker and that His Excellency had been kind enough to congratulate him.