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DEATH OF FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE HONOURABLE JOAN CHILD, AO

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 23 February 2013, of the Honourable Joan Child, AO, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Conroy), by leave, moved—That the Senate records its deep regret at the death, on 23 February 2013, of the Honourable Joan Child, AO, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and member for Henty, places on record its appreciation of her long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to her family in their bereavement.

The motion was supported and all senators present stood in silence—

Question passed.