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Thursday, 12 December 2002
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Senator HARRIS (7:17 AM) —I also rise to add my comments to those of the Deputy President and the President. Despite the risk of falling into the trap of forgetting somebody, I would like to express my thanks to the following: the Clerk of the Senate, the Deputy Clerk of the Senate and all of their staff; the Usher of the Black Rod and her staff, because sometimes we tend to forget the wonderful job that they do in assisting us in our offices; the Table Office; Broadcasting; Hansard; and security, who do an absolutely marvellous job without intruding into anyone's space. I would also like to recognise both of the whips and, equally as important, the whips' clerks, because they play a very important part in the process of this place. I would like to thank my staff for the wonderful job that they do. I also thank each and every one of my colleagues for the cordial way in which they have carried out their duties here in this chamber this year.

In closing, I would like to quote two passages from the Bible. One passage is from Deuteronomy, chapter xviii, verse 15:

The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken ...

That is the Old Testament prophet of the coming of Christ. That is what we are about to celebrate at this time of the year. The second passage is from Luke, chapter ii, verses 1 to 11:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sorely afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

To my colleagues and friends, I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a safe and happy new year.