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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4497

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Trade and Industry) (12:20 PM) - This is a notable and memorable occasion - that of the retirement of our esteemed Clerk - and I should like to join with the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) in supporting the very fine tribute that you, Mr Speaker, paid to Mr Alan Turner. On behalf of the Australian Country Party I should like to pay our tribute for his long and distinguished career in this Parliament and congratulate him for the respect that he has earned for himself and the very high standard that he has set for any future Clerk of this Parliament. He is a most unobtrusive man. He is probably heard over the air regularly as being the only person who speaks without emotion, either reading petitions or announcing the introduction of Bills. But he is a tremendously important person here. In fact, it is the Clerk and those who serve underneath him who provide continuity for the most important institution in this country. We thank Mr Turner for the really outstanding and excellent job he has done.

We thank him too for the valuable contribution that he has made to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the support and advice that he has given to members of this Parliament when they have gone overseas to attend various conferences. Mr Turner is held in extremely high regard at these conferences and he would be looked upon as one of the most knowledgeable and most experienced men throughout the Commonwealth countries. I am glad, Mr Speaker, that you also made reference to Mrs Turner. Most of us know her well. Both Mr Turner and Mrs Turner are extremely friendly, pleasant and happy people. We will miss their presence around this House but we do hope to see them about in the future. I wish them a long and a happy life in their retirement and express our gratitude for the very valuable service Mr Turner has given to this Parliament and to Australia.

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