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Thursday, 1 March 2012
Page: 2532


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (15:26): I rise to join the Prime Minister in wishing Cheryl Lane a long and happy retirement and in thanking her for her long and dignified service to this parliament. It could well be said that those who love this parliament most are not necessarily those who are elected to it but those who work for it on a day-to-day basis and who ensure that the parliament functions with precision and with dignity. We can say with absolute confidence that in her many years working for this parliament Cheryl has certainly added to the dignity of the parliament and she has conducted herself with honour—at least as much honour as the rest of us can manage. We should appropriately acknowledge those who enable us to do our work. Cheryl, you have been a fine servant of this parliament in this country.