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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7564


Senator MINCHIN (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (9:35 AM) —by leave—On behalf of the opposition I join with Senator Evans in warmly congratulating Rosemary Laing on this eminent appointment. She is extraordinarily well qualified for the appointment. She has enormous experience in the Senate, an extraordinary academic background and is a great servant of this Senate; so we warmly welcome her appointment. I congratulate you, Mr President, on behalf of the opposition on your conduct of the appointment process and on the wisdom of the appointment that you have made. We have no doubt Rosemary will serve in this position with great distinction and great aplomb. As Senator Evans noted, she is the first female officer of the Senate. That is a great achievement and historic in that sense. We certainly look forward to working with Rosemary in what I think is the most prestigious parliamentary office-bearer position in the land. As we all know, the Senate is of course the most prestigious chamber and to be Clerk of the Senate is the most prestigious office, and Rosemary will grace the position.