Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the Opposition) (14:00): Earlier today the member for Fowler and Chief Opposition Whip, a much loved member of this chamber, I think by all, had a sudden medical event in the Federation Chamber. He recovered pretty quickly, and I’ve spoken with Bernadette, who is with him in hospital, where he will stay overnight for further tests. Can I thank Dr Freelander, who happened to be in the chair in the Federation Chamber at the time, Dr Gillepsie, who rushed up to the Federation Chamber to provide assistance, and all those members on both sides who acted with care and compassion. I thank the Prime Minister for his call to me about Chris’ health. He is in good spirits, and we all wish him a very speedy recovery. I say to the Chief Opposition Whip: if he wants leave, he should just ask for it. There are easier ways to get it than what occurred this morning. I look forward to him being back in this chamber in good health.
Honourable members: Hear, hear!