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8 May 2012
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Parliament House, Canberra
Speech, E&OE, check against delivery
2 November 2011
Thank you for that warm introduction.
Can I make a bold suggestion? Those folks who are over there, do you mind coming over this way? As I find it pretty odd making a speech here to, however important Bongiorno and Riley might think they are.