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Thursday, 1 March 2012
Page: 2533

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (15:30): Mr Speaker, on indulgence: as Leader of the House, I would like to associate myself with the comments of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the whips and you, Mr Speaker, in thanking Cheryl for all the assistance that she has given. I think the spirit in which this discussion is taking place is a sign by which each and every member of the House of Representatives acknowledges the assistance that we get without question. We often impose sitting timetables that shift around, which the attendants and the staff of the parliament do not have any control over. I have been in this place for 16 years tomorrow. I always remember the date because it is my birthday. During my entire 16 years here, we have had extraordinary support from the staff of the parliament. Cheryl is always happy to do whatever is requested of her, and I wish her and her partner very well in their retirement.