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Mrs Ley presented the Address in Reply to His Excellency's Speech, prepared by the committee appointed on 12 February 2002, which was read by the Clerk, as follows:

 May it please Your Excellency:

We, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign, and to thank Your Excellency for the speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament.

Mrs Ley moved—That the Address be agreed to.

Mr Hartsuyker seconded the motion.

Debate ensued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.