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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4499

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) (12:32 PM) -!. should like to be associated with the remarks that have been made this evening by the various speakers before me, and should also like to associate with my remarks my Deputy Chairmen. Mr Speaker, I am delighted, as I am sure you are, to be forewarned by the honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) of his plans for next year. We will really appreciate that innocent look that he sometimes has on his face when we, with the advice of the Clerk, give certain rulings and he looks as though it is not possible that we could give such rulings against him. I should like to say how greatly indebted 1 am for the advice, assistance and friendship that have been given to me and to all members by Mr Turner. In the period that it has been my privilege to be a Deputy Chairman and now Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker I have always found that the advice given by Mr Turner has been in the best interest of this House of Parliament.

Mention has been made of the contribution that Mr Turner has made both to this House and to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. I think we can say that Mr Turner has made his mark on this Parliament and in world affairs. He is known and appreciated at conferences of parliamentarians everywhere, and hia contribution in that regard has been to the honour and uplifting of this institution of ours and to our parliamentary way of life. I do not want to repeat many of the things that have been said by other speakers regarding Mr Turner's capacity and ability. All I can say is that I heartly endorse those remarks. I believe that the remarks made by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) about the early days and Mr Turner's capacity and ability indicate why Mr Turner was able to face with equanimity some of the things which he had to face in this House, particularly in the early hours of the morning. 1 think that one thing should be mentioned which reveals the character, the sense of tradition and the ability of Mr Turner perhaps above all else, and that is the respect and affection in which he is held by the members of his staff. This is so because of his honesty of purpose and the contribution he has made by the work he has performed. It became no longer work but a service to the Parliament and to the community. We appreciate also that it has been said, and said truly, that no man can make a contribution that is accepted and remarked upon by all unless he has been supported by a wife who gives him support in every sphere and in every way. Those of us who have had an association with Mr Turner in both this Parliament and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association know the assistance and the value of the assistance given by Mrs Turner. As we pay a tribute to him we also pay tribute to her. I join with all those who have wished them both well in their retirement. I hope that Mr Turner thinks of us kindly. If ever he is awake at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning he will think with joy that he is in peace and quiet while we are trying to legislate the business of the country.

May I briefly add my congratulations and best wishes to Mr Parkes as he comes in and takes over the duties that have been performed by Mr Turner. We know that Mr Parkes wil follow the tradition, the example and the standard set by the one whom we honour and respect this evening.

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