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Thursday, 2 April 1998
Page: 2387

Mr SPEAKER —Before I call questions without notice, I have two matters I wish to raise. Firstly, I have to announce that Kevin Chapman, the doyen of parliamentary broadcasts, died in Canberra on Tuesday. He was 71. Many of us will first remember Kevin's voice as a national newsreader on ABC radio in the 1950s and 1960s. Later, of course, we remember him for his parliamentary commentary. When television came to Australia in 1956, Kevin Chapman was on camera on channel 2, again as a national newsreader in those far off formal days when rounded tones and meticulous punctuation were absolute minimum requirements.

For those of us in parliament he is affectionately remembered for his parliamentary broadcasts and for the fact that he called himself Kevin Chap-person. For 29 years, on a part-time and full-time basis, he was in fact the voice of many of us to the people of Australia. He always spoke in a masterful way. He was well informed. He gave insightful commentary, sometimes covering division after division. He was a fine example of the art of broadcasting. For those of us who had the privilege of sitting in the broadcast booth with him, his off air comments were no less insightful and, I might add, pithy. On behalf of all members of the House, I extend our sympathy to his family.

Honourable members —Hear, hear!