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Thursday, 11 April 1957


Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) - by leave- I admit to a niggling sense of guilt in supporting these tributes because it may be that talkers such as myself, with terrific pace but not a great deal of direction, have driven Mr. Campbell from this House in his prime. However, we have all sinned in that regard. As a fellow journalist, a> a parliamentarian and as a member of thi- " Hansard " committee which gave to thi* Parliament a daily record of its proceedings, I thank Mr. Campbell for the splen did work he has done over such a long period and in so self-effacing a manner Mr. Campbell has suffered for a long time from speeches made in this House, but 1 am sure that the speeches made on this occasion will not cause him any suffering, because they convey our sincere appreciation of the work of a great servant of the Parliament.

I am told that, in addition to being a splendid reporter, he writes a copperplate shorthand. I have just looked at some of his shorthand outlines. Believe me, they have the pristine clarity that one would expect of a chief reporter. So we are not only reported perfectly in the round, but we are reported in perfect shorthand outlines. I have heard of his duties outside the Parliament - of his church work and his welfare work. I have heard that he has written books. I, too, have fallen into that mortal sin. I dare say that as he has sat in this House over the years and herded the working bullocks of debate into the paddocks of " Hansard ", he has often sighed over what we were doing.

I suppose that, like myself, he has often wondered about some of the phrases that recur in this place. Perhaps in his retirement he will lead a crusade outside against phrases such as " Honorable members rising in their places ". I am sure that nobody believes that there has been a transfiguration, that the members have been lifted up hy some outward force. A man just stands up. Mr. Campbell and I know that. Every man in the gallery knows it. Then there is that unique and almost Rabelaisian phrase, " The honorable member who has just resumed his seat". Surely it is not a detachable sort of thing! If it is, I have not *een it. In any case, I should deplore it. Then there is the final absurdity which Mr. Campbell must have recorded thousands -rad thousands of times - " Our revered -colleague who has passed on ", Let us face ti. He is dead. That is all there is to it. I say those things in defence of journalism ind in defence of writing. Those phrases pierce the heart more than do ungrammati.:al utterances from this and other parts of he House. Ungrammatical utterances can

But let me return, Mr. Campbell, to your most honorable career. I envy you for the magnificent job that you have done. You nave done it as a servant of the people and n circumstances that redound to your credit in every way. On the executive side, ( should like to say that we felt for many rears that " Hansard " was a very dusty home indeed. It is so rare for me to pay a tribute to the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) that I shall be very happy to do so on this occasion. He *as a dynamic member of the committee wat was appointed to see whether we could make " Hansard " a newspaper. If ever the electors of Mackellar were to desire - t is a highly desirable thought - to discharge the honorable member for his sins ?n this House, he could get a good job as a sub-editor on a suburban newspaper, provided that he had my recommendation, and probably Mr. Campbell's too.

But let me return to the compliment that t intended to pay to the honorable member for Mackellar, and also to the honorable member for Macquarie (Mr. Luchetti). With the drive of the Principal Parliamentary Reporter behind us, we have been ible to create a " Hansard " which is, in truth, our daily paper. It is a magnificent thing, but it took a great deal of effort. We had not only to create it, but also to overcome a certain inertia. If a locomotive has been standing idle in a siding for two years, you have first to lift it up, in a sort of metaphysical process, and then you have to get steam up. In this case, we had to convince the Government Printer thai what we wanted ought to be done - and that, of course, was a work of major importance, as we all know. Then we had to convince many die-hards.


Sir Arthur Fadden - And the Treasury!


Mr HAYLEN - Of course, the Treasury can never be convinced, as the head of the Treasury knows, but it can always be bypassed, as he knows also.


Sir Arthur Fadden - The Treasury may not be convinced, but it is always convicted.


Mr HAYLEN - Mr. Campbellgave us a great deal of help in that job by his common-sense approach to it. In many ways, the greatest monument to his work in this Parliament lies in the splendid, typographically good, clear exposition of our speeches, reported in the good, round manner in which " Hansard " reports them.

Many speeches have been made on this occasion, and I do not want to add a long speech to them. I dare say that Mr. Campbell's last chore here will be to record this debate, but at least he will be recording our heart-felt, sincere thanks for his grand services to the community and to the Parliament. As a working journalist myself, I thank him for the magnificent job he has done for our profession. As an Australian, I thank him for his devotion to the Parliament. We are all proud to have had a man of his calibre in the Parliament in charge of " Hansard ". We hear that " Hansard " reporters have ascended from the floor of the House to the gallery, or have descended from the gallery to the floor of the House. Whatever Mr. Campbell is going to do in the future, I suggest to him, in all humility, that he seriously consider my first suggestion about good works outside the House, tomatoes, herbaceous borders and such things.

On behalf of the Opposition - our Deputy Leader has already spoken - I should like to add, on a more serious note, that we thank Mr. Campbell for his devotion to duty in this House. We know that his successors, trained by him, will maintain the standards of parliamentary journalism of which we are immensely proud. Our parliamentary journalism is, indeed, the best in the world.







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