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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7564


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (9:37 AM) —by leave—I join in the congratulations to Dr Laing for her appointment. This is a very good choice. I do not know who the other candidates were but it is always a highly competitive position. By the reception being given to this announcement from you, Mr President, this morning you can see that senators around the chamber are very pleased with the choice of Dr Laing. She is intelligent, she has got a very judicious, clear and fair way of dealing with issues, including the complex issues that sometimes land on the Clerk’s desk. I have enjoyed working with Dr Laing these last 13 years, and my colleagues likewise. We unanimously welcome her appointment as Clerk and look forward to the years ahead with her as the Clerk. It is a breakthrough appointment because she is the first female Clerk to the Senate. May there be many more. We welcome her and wish her an enjoyable and productive time as Clerk of the Senate of Australia.