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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 371


Senator COLLARD(6.33) —As an ex-Whip and on behalf of my National Party colleagues I associate myself with the many kind and generous but worthwhile remarks this evening on the retirement of Frank Stewart. We are completely reliant on the transport officers. As has been said, this place could not function without our being here and without their getting us here. The transport officers work longer hours than we do. Before we start in the morning they are here and after we have left at night they are still seeing that the last stragglers get home safely.

I claim to be one of those senators who cause Frank Stewart the least amount of trouble because I am one of the robust ones who walk every morning. Maybe I have made the transport officers' job a little easier and helped them to look after the rest of those stragglers who sleep in every morning. In backing up Senator Robertson's comments on looking for recalcitrant senators, I recall that one night we almost lost a vote that we should have won easily. The first people we called were the transport officers. As has been mentioned, it was not long before the missing senators were back in the fold and helping us man the barricades for the rest of the night. I am very pleased to be associated with the remarks made this evening. Frank is worthy of those remarks. I am quite sure that, like every good tradesman, Frank has been training an apprentice to make sure we are not let down in the future.