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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2397


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(11.49) —This is developing into a very lengthy session, but I wish to add that there are many people who serve us here, and on behalf of the Opposition I thank them all. They come from all sections of the Parliament, from the Clerks, who sit with us here, through to the dining staff, who sit a lot further away. In thanking them all I also wish to thank you, Mr President, for your very fair and firm handling of the Senate during this short Parliament.

The only other thing I say is that I hope that Government senators have an exhausting and unsuccessful campaign. After that, I hope that they have a happy and relaxed Christmas. I wish my own senators an exhausting and very successful campaign and, after that, a very busy Christmas as they pick up the reins of government.

I wish you, Mr President, a happy Christmas. I hope that you will take a thoroughly objective stance in this election campaign, exercise a totally bipartisan role, bless us all, and go away and just have a wonderful time.


The PRESIDENT —I want to pay tribute to all members of the Senate staff, who are obviously dedicated parliamentary officers in their service to the Senate and the Parliament. I particularly thank the Clerk of the Senate and all of his officers, the Usher of the Black Rod, and the Senate attendants, who have attended this chamber, for their assistance not only to me but to all senators. I thank the members of the Senate committee secretariat, who have contributed an enormous amount to the effective running of the Senate committee system. I thank everyone on the Senate staff. They are deserving of the highest accolade.

I pay tribute to the Parliamentary Librarian and his staff, to the Hansard staff, who have been so ably led by Mr Roberts, who has already been mentioned this evening, and to the Joint House staff. They have all worked hard to fulfil the needs of all senators and members. I also join the Leader of the Government Senator Button and the Leader of the Opposition Senator Chaney in conveying my best wishes to Anthea Tinney, who, unfortunately, as I understand it, is leaving us. She has contributed greatly to the proceedings of the Senate, and we all wish Anthea well. All members of the staff have carried out their duties and responsibilities with patience and understanding. On behalf of not only myself but all senators I express my appreciation to them.

To all members of the Senate I express my personal best wishes and felicitations for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I look forward to seeing you all back in February next year, invigorated, refreshed and ready for questions without notice.