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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 53


Senator GEORGES —Mr President, I also congratulate you on your election to the high office of President. I wish you well. You will do well. I apologise for causing a slight delay in the ballot today. But I say to the Senate that no government should be allowed cynically to use this House to make its organisational changes. For that reason I suggest that any government should take more consideration of the status of this House. Mr President, you will possibly serve for a long period. That is not a reflection on the Opposition. Certain changes are taking place in the electorate which will have a serious impact upon this House, and I hope that those who will be here for much longer than I will enjoy the interesting times ahead.

When I was nominated I knew that there was an extremely slim chance of being elected but, as I fantasised a little, I began to wonder what I would do if I were elected to the Chair. I could not imagine myself leading the Senate in prayer and, secondly, I could not see myself resisting the desire to interject. Mr President, you have saved me on both counts. I commiserate with Senator Jessop, since he used that term, and I trust that his fortune in the future will be better than it was today.