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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4496

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Prime Minister) (12:11 PM) - The greatest compliment that I could pay to Mr Turner is to say that many of us, perhaps all of us, treat him as a personal friend. We have great personal regard for him, for his integrity and for the fact that he is a person that is so easily liked and continuously courteous. He is always willing to give us assistance no matter what time of the day or night we approach him and he always gives us the right sort of information and keeps us on the right track.

Mr Speaker,as you have so well said, Mr Turner has bad a long and distinguished association with this Parliament. Incredible though it may seem, his parliamentary experience extends over 47 years. During that time he has served the House as you have so well said, Mr Speaker, in many capacities and has been involved in many, many areas of its operations. When there.fore he attained his present position some 12 years ago, he brought as we all know a wealth of experience which has proved invaluable in the exercise of his duties and enabled him to exert a considerable degree of influence on the workings of the House.

The role of the Clerk of the House has always been a key one in our parliamentary system of government because upon it devolves responsibilities for the procedures that enable Parliament as an institution to function efficiently and smoothly. Mr Turner has upheld the finest traditions of his office. His wise and friendly counsel has been availed of by both sides - Government and Opposition alike. He has also made an outstanding contribution in the sphere of interparliamentary relationships. For many years now Mr Turner has taken a keen interest in the activities of the Interparliamentary Union and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and has represented this Parliament at many conferences of these bodies. I therefore want to place on record our appreciation of his services and wish him many years of his well-deserved retirement.

May [ join with you, Mr Speaker, in saying that we are sorry that Mr Turner is for the time being leaving the precincts of the House and that his wife also will not be with us on so many occasions in future as she has in the past when we have been delighted to talk to her and to share the companionship of both of them. We wish them both many, many years of happy retirement and we certainly wish that they will come back frequently and see us again.

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