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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2394


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(11.30) —Clearly there is very little left for me to say. On behalf of my Party I wish Mr Roberts all the best in the future and thank him for his very significant contribution to the working of this chamber. I never cease to be amazed by the tolerance, the capacity and what must be a great sense of humour exhibited by members of the Hansard staff over a period. It just seems a pity that they have to watch the table, the machine or whatever they have in front of them and are unable to look up sufficiently to appreciate the sort of entertainment capacity there is inside this chamber from time to time.

Mr Roberts has operated in almost every capacity in Hansard and so has exhibited great versatility. His contribution to this chamber has been a great one indeed. One thing that I found a little hard to understand was why a person such as Mr Roberts who, I understand, was born in Parramatta in New South Wales and lived a significant number of years along the northern beaches area of Sydney chose to come to Canberra. I find that extremely hard to understand, but that sort of thing does occur. Mr Roberts has well and truly earned his retirement. I hope and believe that he will enjoy it and I thank him for his contribution to the work of the Senate.