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Thursday, 11 April 1957

Mr SPEAKER (Hon John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to inform the House that on Friday, 12th April, Mr. W. J. M. Campbell will retire from the position of Principal Parliamentary Reporter after 34 years' service with the Commonwealth Parliament. Mr. Campbell has been associated with journalism and reporting all his working life. He began newspaper work in Broken Hill in 1908, when he was sixteen years of age. In 1913 he transferred to Adelaide and worked on metropolitan dailies there. From 1918 to 1921 he worked in the press gallery of the South Australian Parliament, and he then became a member of the South Australian " Hansard " staff. Two years later he was appointed to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Reporting Staff and he is now the only member of the staff who reported the Parliament when it sat in Melbourne. Mr. Campbell became Second Reporter in 1947 and Principal Parliamentary Reporter in 1948. In 1949 the Parliament was enlarged, and in 1955 the daily " Hansard " was introduced on the recommendation of a select committee. To Mr. Campbell fell the task of introducing the new system, reorganizing the staff and working out the necessary procedures with the Government Printing Office. Quite recently he was called upon to arrange for the preparation of a verbatim report of the proceedings of the Seato conference here in Canberra. Heads of visiting delegations publicly expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the report.

Now the time has come for Mr. Campbell to terminate his long association with the Parliament, and I think that we should record our appreciation of the valuable services that he has given over the years.

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear!

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