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Thursday, 26 June 2008
Page: 3536


Senator SCULLION (Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (3:18 PM) —by leave—On behalf of the National Party, I would also like to extend our best wishes and thank you for the pivotal role you have played in your position as President. I think it is most important that both sides have absolute confidence in the complete impartiality of the President, and I know that this would be a much more difficult place to work in if the whole place did not have that confidence. Certainly, both sides have had that, and you have played an excellent role in that regard.

What is perhaps not well known—either inside or outside the Senate—is the role you have played in hosting many people from many different countries and organisations. I know that your good humour and your moderation in all things have made you an absolutely exceptional ambassador, not only for this place but for Australia, and the Nationals thank you.