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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
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Mr KEATING (Prime Minister) —I draw the House's attention to, and record the appreciation of the House and particularly the government for, the service of Kerry Sibraa as President of the Senate. He resigned today after, if not a record, a near record period of tenure in the presidency of the Senate. He was President for seven years, which is a long time in public life presiding over a chamber of the dimensions of those of the Senate in federal parliament. He will also be resigning his seat in the Senate. This draws to a close another period of stewardship of that chamber.

  The government has held office for 11 years, during which we have seen two Senate Presidents—the Hon. Doug McClelland and the Hon. Kerry Sibraa. So they both had a long period of tenure. Senator Sibraa has a very long history in Labor politics going back to the late 1960s. He has been a political friend of many of us on this side of the House, particularly those from New South Wales, over that period. We all wish him well in the future, and we commend him for the quality of his stewardship of the Senate over such a long period.