House debates

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Statements on Indulgence

Member for Lingiari

3:42 pm

Photo of Michael McCormackMichael McCormack (Riverina, National Party, Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

I often go there. I love the Top End. I bumped into them in the mall. Who would have thought! I'm just walking along and I bump into Warren Snowdon. We had coffee the next day with Luke, and it was great. If you want to know what's going on in the Top End, you catch up with Warren. You have a convivial cup of coffee. We had one and then we had another and then we had another. And we did agree at the time that the Northern Territory—sorry, Prime Minister!—should have two seats, and I know the Prime Minister agrees. We believe that regional voices are important. The Prime Minister knows that. The Leader of the Opposition knows that. When you represent an area of 1.3 million square kilometres, those people deserve a voice as well as anybody in this parliament. It's so difficult to get to every far-flung corner of Lingiari, but you, my friend, have done it superbly. I wish you and Elizabeth and your four kids and the family all the very best. You deserve it. I know you are going to be here for however long it takes for this term of parliament to continue. We wish you all the very best. The National Party wishes you all the very best. The government wishes you all the very best. Mate, you've got a very, very bright future. Isn't it great you can hear people eulogising about you and you're still very much alive!


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