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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8143


Senator BOSWELL (Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services) (7:04 AM) —I join Senator Hill in those best wishes and valedictories. I take this opportunity to thank all of the support staff. I will not nominate them all. There are many here who serve the parliament that quite often we do not even see—from the gardeners to the people in the printing section. All of them serve this parliament extremely well. I do not know whether Senator Margaret Reid will be back when we return after our Christmas break—


Senator Lundy —I think she will be.


Senator BOSWELL —If Senator Reid is to be replaced by then, I take the opportunity now to wish her all the best in a very long and happy retirement with her husband. She has served this parliament for a considerable time. I think that she was elected in 1980, which makes her length of services well over 20 years. I wish her the best. We will probably see her around from time to time.

We are about to have six weeks off, and I hope that we feel a lot less stressed on our six weeks holiday than we have felt today. I think that this has to be something of a record for me. It is seven o'clock, and I think that we still have about an hour to go. I thank my colleagues Senator Nigel Scullion—he has fitted in very well here—Sandy Macdonald and Julian McGauran. They are a great mob of guys and I think everyone always really enjoys their company. I take this opportunity to wish all the staff and senators a very happy Christmas.