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Senator Jo Valentine must retire on 31 December 1991

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T im Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer ^

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources


Senator Jo Vallentine must bring forward her intended retirement date to next Tuesday 31 December 1991 to ensure the Joint Sitting of Federal Parliament on the occasion of President Bush's visit

is not disrupted and demeaned.

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer said today the performance of Senator Vallentine earlier in the year, during the Parliamentary debate on Australia's participation in the Gulf War, must never be repeated.

Earlier this year Senator Vallentine, from the Gallery in the House of Representatives Chamber, frequently disrupted the debate with loud interjections.

" When President Bush addresses a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Senator Vallentine could, if she chooses to attend, be amongst Senators and Members on the floor of the Chamber.

HWe cannot afford to have the threat of this 'loose cannon' threatening to disrupt proceedings on the occasion of the visit of the Head of State of an important ally irrespective of any reservations some individuals may have.

"Whilst I support the right of each and every Senator to speak up on matters of concern, the practical reality is that Senator Vallentine may well go over the top but later regret what she might do, but by then it will be too late.

■Senator Vallentine hasn't exactly been a tireless contributor to the Legislative process in the Senate. According to Parliamentary records, in the period from 1 January 1986 until 12 December 1991 she had the opportunity to attend 961 Divisions

(Votes) in the Senate but only attended 237. (Less than 23% attendance)

Mr Fischer said this new dimension to her earlier public

statement that she sought to 'retire' is interesting. If Senator Jo Vallentine has any respect for the Australian tradition of "doing the right thing' she should bring forward her retirement to 31 December 1991.

ENDS Sunday 29 December 1991

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