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account of the many follow-ups and meetings that you have persistently had on behalf of all of those people that you represented. I think that, since then, by your standards, Mary, they have slowed down a little bit, but only to 300 or so over the past couple of years. But that is by no means a slowing down overall.

I think they may have wanted to crack the bubbly today, but we did alert them you have still got 24 hours, so not just yet; they will wait until you have gone. As Ms Burch said also, we have given a bit of a heads-up to the Lake Macquarie City Council as well, just in case you do not take the Chief Minister's advice and you decide to set up a mobile office.

I also want to pay tribute to you and to Ian as well—I mention your shiny jackets and Ian's terrific socks and handkerchiefs about to launch themselves into Lake Macquarie. I also hope we see both you and Ian writing to both our local paper and the local paper up there. I also want to mention Dr Bourke's comment about your very wicked sense of humour. That is one thing that has really given me a lot of joy over the past year in particular. Your professionalism in committees is outstanding, but also your sense of humour as well.

Finally, I reiterate that you do really give politicians a good name. I agree with Mr Coe's comment that that is an important lesson for all of us; an important lesson that we should all share with the community about the good work that you have done here and how it represents the best of us. We all bask in your glow. Thank you, Mary. We will miss you.

Election of Deputy Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I have received today, in writing, the resignation of Ms Porter as Deputy Speaker. I present the following paper:

Paper: Deputy Speaker—Resignation—Letter to the Speaker from Ms Porter, dated 18 February 2016.

Standing order 13 requires that the Assembly proceed forthwith to the election of a Deputy Speaker. I call for nominations for the position of Deputy Speaker.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.03): I propose Ms Lawder and I move:

That Ms Lawder be elected Deputy Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Does the member accept the nomination?

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.03): Yes.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.03): I propose Ms Burch and I move:

That Ms Burch be elected Deputy Speaker.


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