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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4498

Mr COPE (Sydney) (12:23 PM) - I should like to endorse the eloquent remarks of the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon), the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) and the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Anthony) in regard to the service of Mr Turner in this House over many years. The Leader of the Opposition mentioned - -quite rightly so - that probably all of us have been to see Mr Turner in his office and have come away wiser men. Probably we should have gone more often. However, being one of the deputy chairmen, I appreciate the fact that Mr Turner has always exhibited complete non-partisanship in his position. When one is in the Chair, of course it is an onerous job. We have to keep our eyes on fellows like Winton Turnbull and others in the House to see that they do not play up. However, I can assure you Mr Speaker, that on all occasions, irrespective of who breaks a standing order, Mr Turner has always advised the occupant of the Chair of the standing order, whether he be a Government member or a member of the Opposition.

Most of the remarks that I should have liked to have made have already been said, but I heartily congratulate Mr Norman

Parkes on his accession to the throne as Clerk of the House to succeed Mr Turner because Norman also has given excellent guidance to all those in the Chair. He is completely non-partisan. Finally, I wish Alan Turner and Mrs Turner the very best in their years of retirement.

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