Valedictory speech

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,[86] although on occasion Members have made valedictory speeches while technically speaking on the second reading of a bill.[87]

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.[88]

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