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Monday, 24 May 1965


Senator McKENNA (Tasmania) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I second the motion. I do so on behalf of the 27 members of the Australian Labour Party who constitute the Opposition in this chamber. I support and endorse all that has been said by the President in the statement which, with gracious forethought he asked you, Mr. Deputy President, to present. I applaud all that you, Sir, and the Leader of the Government have said. We have all known Mr. Loof in his several capacities as adviser to the President, adviser to the Chairman of Committees, guardian of the rights of each senator under the Standing Orders and friend and adviser to us all. But not all of us have noted the keenness with which Mr. Loof sees that the Standing

Orders are observed in the Senate. The fact that the Senate runs so smoothly is largely because of Mr. Loof's unobtrusive efficiency and dedication to his task.

In the grand tradition of his predecessor, Mr. Edwards, who bequeathed to us Mr. Loof as his highly experienced successor, Mr. Loof leaves behind him a highly trained, competent staff all of whom are models of courtesy and cheerful helpfulness. The Senate owes, and will not forget, a great debt to Mr. Loof for thus assuring the future smooth and effective functioning of the Senate. I think it proper to record the feelings towards Mr. Loof expressed to me down the years by members of his staff. They may be too diffident to do so themselves. Each of them has for Mr. Loof respect, admiration, a great affection and much gratitude. Each of them regards him as a truly remarkable man of extraordinary versatility with many talents and interests. That he should be so regarded by his staff, who know him intimately, is a most eloquent testimonial of his worth. I personally thank Mr. Loof for innumerable courtesies and much help in my several capacities as senator, Minister, Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate down the past 21. years.

T trust that in the years ahead I may be privileged to see Mr. Loof often and to get to know the unofficial side as well as I know the official side of this very remarkable man. Whilst his departure leaves us with a sense of great personal loss, I hope and believe that it will open for him new avenues of achievement and fulfilment. I am delighted to see that he retires exceedingly fit with very many years of full mental and physical activity ahead of him. My colleagues and I wish him and his family long life, good health and, above all, peace of mind.

Question so resolved in the affirmative.







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