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Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Page: 11260

Mr PYNE (Manager of Opposition Business) (3:40 PM) —On indulgence, I will be very brief. I wish to associate myself with the remarks of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the House. I think that everybody in this place knows—and I think the public have a sneaking suspicion—that without the clerks of the House, the MPs and, dare I say it, speakers, deputy speakers and ministers, would not have any ability to convey that we know what we are doing without the advice that comes from the clerks every day.

Mr Tanner interjecting

Mr PYNE —I am sure I am speaking for you particularly, Lindsay!

Without the clerks and without the deputy clerks we would be much the poorer in this place. They basically keep the show on the road. Many times we have all been in here scratching around for bits of paper to find what our instructions are, and the clerks are always able to provide us with that advice.

I thank Ian Harris for the amazing service that he has given. I came here in 1993 at the tender age of 25 and I have asked him for advice on many occasions. I congratulate Bernard Wright, who I have worked with very closely, particularly as Manager of Opposition Business, for the extraordinarily good advice he gives us in opposition and I know that in taking the full role of Clerk he will continue the amazing service he has given to the parliament, the greatest institution in the land.