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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4500

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (12:36 PM) Very briefly though nonetheless sincerely I desire to associate myself with the sentiments which have been so nicely expressed about Mr Turner and his good wife tonight. When one remembers that he has given almost 50 years of service to the Parliament, that in itself is a remarkable record. In that time he has built up a personal record of friendship with those who have been associated with him. He has lived in some very notable periods in the history of this country. He has seen some good days and some bad days. He has seen in every way in this Parliament the progress of the nation. That he has rendered service in such a way as to bring forth the tributes which have been paid to him tonight shows that he has a commendable record in the public life of this country. 1 think that there is always something sad or sentimental at a time when a man's career is ending, and this must be a somewhat sad moment for Mr Turner. We have our parting with him, but tonight he walks out of this place and away from surroundings which no doubt are known to him like his home. He commences a new life after almost i alf a century of work in this place. I think that the greatest things he will remember from his service in this Parliament - I hope he does - are the tributes paid to him tonight for the record of service which he has given, a record which is appreciated by those of us who are here now and by many who possibly are no longer wilh us. The voices of the various leaders in this Parliament and of various members were raised tonight, and I hope that down through the happy years ahead they will ring out and bring back to him constant and happy memories of our association with him and his good wife. 1 wish Mr Turner very good luck and good health in his retirement. 1 hope that occasionally if he does not listen to other members he will tune in to me now and again. If I really know that he is listening I will disobey the Standing Orders and possibly give him a cheerio call. Might I say also that after 50 years in the service of anyone I should like to look as young as he does and have as much hair on my head as I see on his tonight. I wish him and his good wife very good luck and a very merry Christmas. We know he will have it but, as he knows, some of us will not.

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