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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 370


Senator ROBERTSON(6.29) —On behalf of those Government senators who may not be making a personal contribution at this time I would like to be associated with the remarks which you, Mr President, have just made. Government senators yesterday had a function at which our Leader spoke warmly of the work which had been done by Frank Stewart, expressed our appreciation and, Mr President, as you have done, traced his long record of association with the Parliament. We were able to make a small presentation as a token of our respect. I am grateful that it is the Whip who is allowed to make these few remarks because Whips have a special association with the transport officer. We need to know, for example, when the Senate is to rise. The Senate transport officer is usually the one who knows that. We also need to know where some of our straying senators are and it is usually the transport officer who knows that also. To do Frank justice, of course he never tells us where they are. When we go looking for them they usually turn up fairly shortly afterwards. So there is a good relationship between the senators and the transport officer.

It never ceases to amaze us on this side of the chamber how smoothly things operate in the transport section not only in the normal course of events but also when we have some problems. By problems I mean industrial unrest. Our Leader has already thanked Frank privately. I want to repeat those thanks publicly while not going through all of the things he said because I am sure there are many other senators who wish to comment this evening on Frank's retirement. On behalf of those Government senators who will not be making a personal contribution I wish Frank a well earned retirement and many years in which to enjoy it.