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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 124

Senator CHRIS EVANS (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (4:57 PM) —by leave—I would like to join with the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Hill, in indicating my thanks to all the Senate staff and the other people in parliament. I place on record, on behalf of the Australian Labor Party, our thanks to all the staff and people who allow us to function in this place. They give unstinting service and courtesy, even though I am sure many of us have been difficult to deal with, particularly in the last few weeks—

Senator Hill —Speak for yourself!

Senator CHRIS EVANS —I do speak for myself—as we have become more tired and grumpy. Obviously from the Labor Party point of view it has not been a great period. I am thankful, too, to all the Labor senators and their staff for their strong support. I do wish all those associated with the Senate and the parliament a happy Christmas. I hope they get to spend some quality time with families and friends and that they have a safe and prosperous Christmas period. We look forward to seeing them all again, but not too soon, in the new year.