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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2393


Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate)(11.23) —I rise very briefly to associate myself with the remarks that you, Mr President, have made about Mr Roberts. They were very comprehensive. Mr Roberts has not only carried out the functions of the senior position in Hansard with all the management responsibilities that that entails but I believe he has also been a great innovator in the Hansard service. Of course, as you have said, it is not a very enviable task to try to make sense out of what we say. It is a necessary occupation. I do not know whether it is always rewarding but I hope it has been rewarding for Mr Roberts. Like the President, I wish him a long and happy retirement. I give him a word of advice. I hope he does not take retirement too seriously and that he will do a number of things for a long time to come, which has been the pattern of his life, things which will be useful to this community. I extend, on behalf of the Government, our best wishes to him and his family in his retirement and thank him for his very great service to the Parliament.