House debates

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Distinguished Visitors

2:46 pm

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I inform the House that we have present in the gallery this afternoon members of a parliamentary delegation from Argentina led by Senator Sonia Escudero. I take this opportunity to offer condolences on behalf of the House following the passing of the former President of Argentina Nestor Kirchner, who died yesterday in his home town of El Calafate. Nestor Kirchner was husband of the current present, Her Excellency Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He was a leading figure in Argentine politics for two decades. He was President from 2003 to 2007 and is remembered for his strong leadership of the country in the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2001-02. He was recently elected Secretary-General of the Union of South American Nations and had a life-long commitment to human rights. I would ask that the condolences of the House be sent back to Argentina.

To the delegation, I extend a very warm welcome.

Honourable Members:

Hear, hear!