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Thursday, 2 April 1987
Page: 1721

Senator HARRADINE —by leave-Mr President, the Party leaders have expressed their viewpoints. Unfortunately, in this chamber nobody-and that includes me very often-can speak on my behalf adequately, but I would like to associate myself with the remarks of those who have wished Senator Don Grimes the best for the future. I do not agree with those who say that one of the reasons for there being no criticism about his appointment to the Hague is that when people are told about it they either say `Oh, the poor chap' or `Where is that?'. As he would know, perhaps 80 per cent of people in Australia could not say where the Hague was, but I am sure that when he goes there they will be able to do so. It is a very important diplomatic posting; more important than most people believe. I think that Don's experience here and his experience of life generally have equipped him for his task and I wish him well in his new role. I also hope, and expect, that he will do a very good job for Australia in fulfilling it.