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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4498

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (12:27 PM) - As one who came into the Parliament at the same time as the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon), and the Leader of the House (Mr Swartz) and as one who has enjoyed the help which Mr Turner has given me from time to time, I should like to say something about Mr Turner. One thing about him that 1 think should be placed on record is that at no time would any member of the Parliament from either side have cause to feel that a conversation in confidence with Mr Turner as to tactics - since 1 have been here my tactics have been devoted entirely towards defeating the Government - would ever reach the ears of the other side. This was proved on many occasions by the fact that the Prime Minister was so often taken by surprise when clever moves by myself and my colleagues were implemented as a consequence not of partisan advice but of straight advice from the Clerk as to what the law was and what the Standing Orders provided. 1 will never forget the look of amazement on the face of the present Prime Minister once when I moved a motion that was designed to throw him off guard. He has not really recovered from it. I do not think the Prime Minister should blame Mr Turner for this because I was the one who originated the idea. He simply low me how to do it. In any event, there is nothing much that the Prime Minister can do about the matter now.

I hope that Mr Turner will feel free to visit the House and to be in the precincts of the House as often as he likes - not to come occasionally or in the distant future, as somebody suggested we might be fortunate enough to see him. I hope that his good lady will come here quite often and not feci that she has to wait to be asked to visit us as was suggested, not by intent, by some speaker. Mr Turner looks very young because he only has to count votes and does not have to win them. I congratu- late him for succeeding in getting in on the salary rises before the rises start to go down. His timing was excellent. 1 cannot think of a belter way of doing it . than the way he has done it. I am sure that he will be the envy of many First Division officers in the future. Of course, as an honourable member interjects, he will be the envy of many back benchers.

I am pleased that we have following Mr Turner our good friend Mr Parkes. I never felt free to speak to either Mr Turner or Mr Parkes on Christian name terms. I never got to the point which my friend Mr

Cope has reached but he, of course, being a Deputy Chairman of Committees has an advantage over we lesser mortals. But I am pleased that Mr Turner is being succeeded by Mr Parkes because I will feel free to go to him with clever little plans to deal with the Government, just as 1 felt free to go to Mr Turner. I know that next year when the Opposition tries to put clever little plans over the Government we on the Government side will not have been given the slightest inkling of the plans that are afoot. But that will not worry us because most of us have been brought up in the hard school of union politics, and plans which appear to be clever to the present Government will not appear to be clever to the future Government. I hope that Mr Turner will have a happy retirement. I hope that he will come along here often and that he will be as free with his advice in the future as he has been in the past because I will be ready to accept it.

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