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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2390


The PRESIDENT —It is with some personal feeling of regret that I inform the Senate of the impending resignation of Senator Martin from the Senate. As honourable senators will be aware, Senator Martin seeks to go to what might be regarded as greener pastures by moving from this chamber to another place. She has been a senator for Queensland since 1974. I could provide a great amount of detail concerning Senator Martin's distinguished service in the Senate, particularly with regard to her work associated with Senate committees. Suffice it to say, however, that her record has been extensive, well known and greatly appreciated by all senators on both sides of the House.

In my term both as a senator and as the President of the Senate Senator Martin has served the State of Queensland with great credit to herself. We have all appreciated her capacity to get the kernel of any issue and to follow her line of argument through with determination and persistency. I might add that Senator Martin, as the occasion has required, has also demonstrated an ability to admonish any senator who in her opinion appeared to be stepping out of line. Fortunately, I have not had the misfortune to be on the receiving end of such a response but I well remember one occasion during consideration of the appropriations of one department when that department and its officers experienced the expression of that capacity. I cannot understand why she seeks the greener pastures, but we know that if she is successful in the forthcoming election the experience and parliamentary expertise she has gained in the Senate will stand her in good stead in another place. We all thank her for her services to the Senate and to the State of Queensland.