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Friday, 13 November 1964

Senator McKENNA (Tasmania) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - Mr. Deputy President, I am sure that I will be both understood and believed if I say that long tenure in an office of this Parliament is not necessarily a thing to be desired. The Senate, I am sure, will feel that that statement comes from my heart. But at the same time that consideration does not apply in relation to the Speaker, Sir John McLeay, who has now held office for a record term. On behalf of the Opposition, I congratulate him very warmly. He is the custodian of the rights of members. He has a most honorable and important office to sustain. He has done so with distinction and, according to the bush telegraph that operates so efficiently in this Parliament, he has performed his duties with satisfaction to everybody in the contesting field. We admire his geniality, his ability and his impartiality. We wish him exceedingly well. He has certainly carried on the office with distinction to himself and with very great advantage to those who sit under him.

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