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    24   ELECTION OF SPEAKER

Ms Livermore, addressing herself to the Clerk, proposed to the House for its Speaker Ms A. E. Burke, and moved—That she do take the Chair of this House as Speaker, which motion was seconded by Mr K. J. Thomson.

Ms A. E. Burke informed the House that she accepted nomination.

There being no further proposal Ms A. E. Burke was declared elected as Speaker, and Ms Livermore and Mr K. J. Thomson conducted her to the Chair.

Ms A. E. Burke returned her acknowledgments to the House for the honour it had been pleased to confer upon her by choosing her to be its Speaker, and thereupon sat down in the Chair.

Then the Mace, which before lay under the Table, was laid upon the Table.

Ms Gillard (Prime Minister), Mr Abbott (Leader of the Opposition), Mr Truss (Leader of the Nationals), Mr Pyne , Mr Albanese (Leader of the House) and Mr Bandt congratulated the Speaker, who expressed her thanks.