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Thursday, 13 February 2003
Page: 11865

Mr LLOYD (4:59 PM) —In the few seconds left this evening, I would like to record on behalf of all the whips in this place our appreciation of Alistair Sherwin, the Parliamentary Liaison Officer, who is leaving that position after 2½ years. We have all greatly appreciated his efficiency, his advice, his friendly good humour and his diplomacy at all times. It is a job in which you work under a great deal of pressure, and, along with his colleagues, Helen and Sharyn, they do a magnificent job. I know that his replacement in that position will have very large shoes to fill. Alistair will be missed by all the whips, and I am sure by all the parliamentary officers in this place. It is a very important role, and we wish him well in the future.

The SPEAKER —I know that the Chief Opposition Whip would want to be associated with all of the remarks made by the Chief Government Whip.

Mrs CROSIO — On behalf of the opposition, I support the words and sentiment of the Chief Government Whip. We are going to miss Alistair, but we wish him well.

The SPEAKER —Order! It being 5 p.m., the debate is interrupted.