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Thursday, 25 June 1992
Page: 3947


Mr SPEAKER —I inform the House that this is the last sitting day before the proposed retirement of Bruce Webster, OAM. I understand that Bruce will retire from the ABC in August after 45 years of public life during which he served as a broadcaster with commercial interests and with the ABC, where he commenced as a messenger boy. He has worked with Qantas and was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Bruce has faithfully served both the New South Wales Parliament and this Parliament, the public and the ABC with his work as a parliamentary broadcaster, most recently as the presenter of Question Time telecasts. He has proved an invaluable link between the public and the Parliament, his concern for Parliament and its traditions making the description of proceedings more understandable. It has even been said that he can make the broadcast period of the counting of a division meaningful, which I am sure many of us would find rather interesting.

  Bruce's contribution was recognised earlier this month by the award of the Order of Australia Medal for services to media broadcasting and increasing public awareness of the parliamentary process. On behalf of the House, I wish Bruce well in his commentary in connection with the Barcelona Olympics, and I am sure all members join with me in wishing him and his wife an enjoyable retirement.

  Honourable members—Hear, hear!