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Monday, 24 June 1996
Page: 2548


Mr SPEAKER —Before I call questions, there are many hundreds of staff in this building and sometimes we may be inclined to take their efforts for granted, particularly when they go quietly and efficiently about their business with a minimum of fuss. I believe that on special occasions it is appropriate to recognise their achievements and endeavours on our behalf.

Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to inform the House that on 22 June 1996 Brian Flanagan celebrated 30 years of service to the parliament. Brian commenced duty in June 1966 as an attendant and shortly afterwards joined the staff of the House of Representatives transport office where he continues to play a very significant role. Every morning when the House is sitting Brian starts duty at 7 a.m., even though he is not paid to start early and even if he has worked late, sometimes as late as 1 a.m. the night before. Recently he commented, `This job is my life,' and the reliable and dedicated manner in which he performs his duties is a reflection of his loyalty and total commitment to his work.

We all know Brian. We all greatly value and appreciate the service he and his transport office colleagues provide. I know I speak for all members and staff when I say to him, `We have enjoyed the way you have looked after us during your first 30 years and we hope we will continue to receive the same care and attention from you for many more years in the future.' Congratulations, Brian, not only on your 30 years of service but, perhaps more importantly, on a job well and truly done.