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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4022


Mr YOUNG (Leader of the House)(4.38) —I move:

That the House, at its rising, adjourn until Tuesday, 17 February 1987, unless otherwise called together by Madam Speaker or, in the event of Madam Speaker being unavailable, by the Chairman of Committees.

It is customary for the Leader of the House on the final day of the session to say to the seven or eight honourable members who are still here-and to send copies of the Hansard to those who are missing-how much we have enjoyed the year. I am sure that people who were listening to the broadcast of proceedings a little earlier in the day thought that we were enemies on opposite sides of the House, but as Billy McMahon once told Clyde Cameron: `You always hurt the ones you love'. We know that John Howard and others have a deep affection for those on this side of the House, and of course that affection is reciprocated. It is our intention and our wish that we should remain in our respective positions for some years to come. I also thank the Clerks for the work they have done and for the advice and guidance they have given through the year in order to facilitate the smooth running of the Parliament. If the Parliament does not run smoothly, Madam Speaker, it is not your fault or the fault of the Clerks; nor is it the fault of the Hansard people, who do an outstanding job. We should always place on record at this time of the year our appreciation of what they do.

As the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) has said, it was an historic occasion when you, Madam Speaker, were elected to your position. One had only to look at your family, particularly your children, when they were assembled at the time you celebrated your election to see the pride they had watching you rise to the great position of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

There are a lot of other people to thank, including those who work for us in the dining rooms. We are not always the most generous of guests because we work extremely hard and we work very long hours, and we are not always in the good humour that I maintain. Some members can be objectionable and I would like to apologise for them. I just say to the people in the dining rooms how much we do appreciate how well they look after us. I thank all staff members including my own personal staff, particularly a person who has served as my principal secretary for the last couple of years, Dr John Loy, who will shortly return to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he came from. I cannot express enough my gratitude for the work he has done and the way in which he has been able to co-ordinate all the people who work in my office and who have been of great assistance.

I say a very sincere thank you to the right honourable member for New England and Manager of Opposition Business (Mr Sinclair) and the Whips. Obviously there must be discussion between us to see that the business goes through the House. I know that Ewen Cameron and the bushman's friend, Ben Humphreys, get on very well and make sure everything goes smoothly, as do the right honourable member for New England and the honourable member for Port Adelaide so that we are able to conduct the business we are called together for. While speaking of the Government Whip, I was invited to his daughter's wedding tomorrow and unfortunately I cannot be there; I have to go and speak for the honourable member for Barton (Mr Punch). But to Brenda and Aaron, the Parliament wishes you all the best. We hope that you have a nice life together and that you are able to come down here to see your famous father at work in the Parliament.

To everybody else who perhaps we have not been able to mention individually, I say that we do appreciate the work they do for us. I do not believe the Australian public has a full appreciation of the hours that are put in by the parliamentarians in the national Parliament, the travelling that we do and the pressures that are placed upon us and our families. It is a great privilege to represent people in the Parliament but it does bring with it some burdens and great responsibilities. We are very tough on each other in the Australian political scene, and that sort of thing can make life difficult as well. On behalf of the Government, I do say to all those concerned with the Parliament: Thank you very much, we hope that you have a nice Christmas, that you keep watching the tax cuts when they come in next week and that you keep voting Labor.