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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4022


Mr HOWARD (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-Madam Speaker, I join the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) in thanking you and Mr Deputy Speaker. There has been the odd exchange. I think one of your other firsts this year was the suspension of a Leader of the Opposition.


Madam SPEAKER —No, that was not me.


Mr HOWARD —Oh no, it was not.


Madam SPEAKER —I got the Leader of the National Party.


Mr HOWARD —I thank all the officers of the Parliament, the Opposition staff and particularly Noel Hicks and Ewen Cameron for the work that they have done. I also thank the media for their persistent interest in the goings on here and elsewhere. I join the Prime Minister in wishing members on both sides of the House a very happy and enjoyable Christmas. I wish all honourable members good health and happiness, some of them good political fortune and some not so good political fortune. I wish all honourable members good luck and I hope they all have a very nice time with their families over Christmas. That is important to all of us.


Madam SPEAKER —I thank both the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) for their kind remarks. I particularly thank the Deputy Speaker for his loyalty and assistance during the year. I thank also the Clerk and his staff, the Parliamentary Librarian and his staff, the Principal Parliamentary Reporter and his staff and the Secretary to the Joint House Department and his staff. As usual, their dedication has been demonstrated in what has been a particularly busy year. I extend the seasons greetings to them all. I hope they enjoy a well earned rest and come back ready to meet the undoubted challenges of next year. I wish all honourable members and their families a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year. If honourable members want to give me a new year present they will lift their standard of behaviour and debate for 1987.