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Tuesday, 17 November 1964


Senator McKENNA (Tasmania) (Leader of the Opposition) . - Mr.

President,I very cordially support the remarks made by the Leader of the Government (Senator Paltridge) about you and the Chairman of Committees (Senator McKellar) and the Temporary Chairmen. I thank Senator Paltridge for his courtesy and for his recognition of the fact that the Senate is composed of both Government and Opposition senators and that our work would be in a chaotic state but for the consultation between both sides about the sequence and arrangement of the business of the Senate. I am certain that my old friend and opponent, the predecessor in office of the present Leader of the Government, will appreciate exactly what I mean by that.

I extend to the Principal Parliamentary Reporter and the other members of the "Hansard " staff our heartfelt thanks for their work in presenting all our arguments in readable form. I thank the Leader of the Government for his references to me and my colleagues of the Opposition. I thank, too, all the officers and members of the staff for their indispensable help and friendly courtesy at all times. I trust that our pending departure will leave them to pursue their duties more tranquilly and to resume their normal sleeping habits. Honorable senators are about to leave here to do battle with one another at the Senate election. There will be no rest and little sleep for any of us before 5th December.

I wish to make special reference to ona member of the staff, Mr. Sandy Cuthbertson, who is 65 and is about to retire. He will not be with us when we return to the Senate, He has probably been here longer than, any of us - certainly some years longer than I have been here. I am delighted to think that he is retiring so fit and well and I trust that he will remain so. I am sure that I speak for everybody when I say that I hope that he and his wife will thoroughly enjoy their forthcoming trip overseas, in the course of which he is to return to bonny Scotland, the land of his birth, for a time. I should like him to feel that we all shall miss him. We wish him and his wife good health and a long and peaceful life together.

I should like particularly to thank my colleagues for their hard work and willing co-operation. I have no hesitation in saying that I am proud of the thoughtful and forceful contributions that they have made to the debates here. On behalf of the Australian Labour Party, I extend to all those whom I have mentioned, and to all others who are present, very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.







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