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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4498

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) (12:25 PM) - I should like to add my tribute and my thanks to Mr Turner. He has brought to his office all the great qualities that one expects of it - complete integrity, complete capacity in his job and complete impartiality. There would not be a member of this chamber who is not indebted to him and I am sure that I speak for all present when I say 'Thank you very much indeed for your work. You have contributed great service to the Parliament and added much to the history of this country'. Mr Turner's career has indeed been a magnificent one, reaching back to his appointment as an officer of the House of Representatives 47 years ago and, finally, recognised by Her Majesty the Queen. Mr Turner retires tomorrow. He leaves a service that he has worked for since he was 18 except for 4 years during the war. He can look back on a great career ranging through various offices in the House. He can also look back on his work in revising the Standing Orders, in the Inter-Parliamentary Union conferences, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meetings and conferences of presiding officers and clerks. It has been a magnificent career forged in the only place where the essential specialised knowledge can be gained - that is, the Parliament itself. Add to this a personal good humour and an innate friendliness and we have Alan Turner the professional and Alan Turner the man. I can assure Mr Turner that each and every honourable member of this House has the greatest admiration for him. We have a great appreciation of the 12 years valuable service he has rendered to this Parliament and we express the hope that he and Mrs Turner will be long spared to enjoy the happiness that their retirement will bring.

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