Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:32): I must say, Deputy Speaker O’Brien, I was expecting someone else to be in your chair when I rose to speak, because I did want to speak about my good friend the new Speaker, Andrew Wallace. I didn’t know this man before 2016, and that’s not unusual in this place, but I have worked with him on the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. In that time, we have produced three reports: Protecting the age of innocence, on online pornography; Shelter in the storm, on homelessness; and Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. I’d have to say his ability to absorb information, to listen to people—and I mean all people—and to give people a very fair and respectful hearing is exemplary.
I identified him, in my own mind at least, quite early when I heard the member for Casey was stepping down from the Speakership, and I spoke to him at that time—I don’t know whether I’m the first one who did. I’m so pleased that he has taken up the challenge and put his name forward as the Speaker. As somebody who worked in the building industry; has been a barrister and a lawyer; has raised a family; and has a child with profound disabilities, I think it gives him a very insightful and understanding view into the lives and challenges of others. I think he will be an exceptional Speaker. I wish him well.