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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10413


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (23:19): Mr President, I endorse everything that everyone has said in relation to this and I thank you for putting up with me for another year!

The PRESIDENT: That is a presumption, is it!

Senator XENOPHON: Well, it is a brave presumption! Away from the sound and fury of this place, there is a common decency that pervades this place in the way we treat each other. I think we have a fundamental respect for each other, whatever differences we have, and that is something that the public does not see. I think it will be a hell of a year next year, with an election coming up, but I would like to think that that basic civility, that basic decency that we show to each other will continue.

I also thank Hansard. They make us look and sound much better than we actually do, at least in the printed form. I also want to thank my team. I do not have a party machine behind me and I have my party room meetings in front of the mirror each morning while I am having a shave, but I am very grateful to my very hardworking team—all of them and, in particular, Hannah, Sally and Skye, who have been in Canberra this week. I could not do it without them. I think behind any good politician there are some very surprised advisers and staff. I join with others to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, a refreshing break and for all to come back at least refreshed for what will be an interesting and exciting year.