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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr CHIPP (Hotham) -As a former Leader of the House of Representatives I want to add my name very briefly to the tribute. Those of us who have occupied that position know that the House often tumbles quickly into a state of crisis. Although the Standing Orders are written in ex- quisitely fine language, sometimes the nuances of tern are difficult to understand in a time of crisis. At that time a Leader of the House wants some confirmation of his own views or doubts. While I was in that position Mr Parkes always gave that splendidly and quickly. I too wish him and his wife happiness in his retirement.


Mr SPEAKER - I have received a notecharacteristically from the Clerk which says:

Mr Speaker,thank you very much. Would you express my sincere thanks to the Leaders and other speakers for their kind remarks and their good wishes?

That is the closest a Clerk can get to thanking honourable members himself. I contemplated at one stage deferring petitions this morning until after this event so that the Clerk could stand up and read the petitions. It might have given him an opportunity to interject on himself and to thank honourable members himself.







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