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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 53

Senator JESSOP —Mr President, as the runner-up in the contest for the honour of occupying the seat of President of the Senate, I join other senators in congratulating you. Having known you for a number of years, I realise that you have had experience in the Senate for some years now and that you will do your best to emulate the example set by former Senator Douglas McClelland, who in my view was one of the fairest Presidents we have had. In my heart I know that you will do your best to emulate that example.

I also thank the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Chaney) and my colleagues on the Opposition side for their support and the confidence that they placed in me. I would like to think that that confidence may proceed to another occasion in the future when I may not be the runner-up and when the Opposition parties will be in government. I do not think that is too far in the future.

I also commiserate with Senator Georges, who has always been a very staunch parliamentarian and who has always had the interest of the Senate at heart. I congratulate him for the numbers that he attracted to his banner and wish him well in his new position in the Senate-his position of independence which he cherishes so much. Mr President, please accept my personal congratulations.