Members who do not intend to stand for re-election at the end of a Parliament, and Members resigning during a Parliament, are traditionally given the opportunity to make valedictory remarks to the House. Generally, these are made as statements by indulgence of the Speaker, although on occasion Members have made valedictory speeches while technically speaking on the second reading of a bill.
Since 2010 Members who have stood for re-election but not been elected, not having had the opportunity to make valedictory remarks, have been given the opportunity to provide a written statement in lieu of a speech. Since 2016, Members who have not recontested a general election, whether or not they have made valedictory remarks in the House, have also been given the opportunity to provide a written statement. A booklet Statements of thanks and appreciation by former Members of the [previous] Parliament has been presented to the House early in the new Parliament.
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