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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr SPEAKER (Hon John McLeay

To the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Minister for Trade, let me say that I thank you for the kindly references you have made to me. I can assure you that I appreciate them very much. On behalf of those whom you have praised, and to whom 1 shall refer, I express appreciation for the kindly references you have. made. I want to say how much I appreciate the references made to the Chairman of Committees and the sympathy expressed for him in his sickness. I mention also other members who are away on account of sickness. All of them are in our thoughts. I also wish to express to the House the appreciation of the relatives of the late Mr. Frank Timson for the references made to him.

On behalf of the staff from the front door down to the kitchens, of the cleaners, the outside staff and the girls who do all the typing for members, I express my appreciation of all kindly remarks made. May I say an appreciative word about the young lady who does an efficient job for the Speaker himself and who renders a service, I am sure, to all members. I also express appreciation for the kindly remarks made about the Library staff, the " Hansard " staff, the press, the employees of the Australian Broadcasting Commission who broadcast the proceedings of the House and all the officers who work in the basement and elsewhere. We appreciate greatly the kindly references you have made.

I want to say before I finish how much I appreciate the help I have received from the officers associated with the House itself. You are fully aware of the very great weight they have to carry. They have rendered the greatest of service and have shown the greatest of loyalty to me. I appreciate very much the support and co-operation that I have always received. On behalf of all the people to whom I have referred, I extend to you the best wishes for 1961.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 2.44 a.m. (Friday) to a date and hour to be fixed by Mr. Speaker.

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