TRANSCRIPT: ADJOURNMENT IN THE HOUSE OF RERESENTATIVES
TRANSCRIPTION: PROOF COPY E & OE
DATE: 24 NOVEMBER 2011
TOPICS: Christmas message.
STEPHEN SMITH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I again congratulate you on your elevation to high office. I note that the newly elected Deputy Speaker is in the chamber and I also congratulate her.
As Defence Minister I ask Members of the House, over the break, to spare a thought for our Australian Defence Force personnel serving overseas. In particular, I ask members of the House and the Australian community to spare a thought for the families and loved ones of those fatalities and casualties that we have seen from Afghanistan.