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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4501

Mr MARTIN (Banks) (12:42 PM) - As a member of the lower deck, I wish to say a few words of appreciation and thanks to Mr Turner on my own behalf and, I am certain, on behalf of those new members of the Parliament who came here in October 1969. The aspect that impressed me when I came into the Parliament was its extreme efficiency. It is a saying - and I think a true saying - that it is the captain who runs the ship, lt is true to say also that any ship will founder when going through troubled waters unless it has good and skilled captain.

In my experience in the Parliament since 1 have been here - it is only a short time - I have noticed that the parliamentary institution itself has had a few holes put in it but that they seemed to have been plugged effectively, no doubt because of the skill of the captain. By captain' I refer to the Clerk, Mr Alan Turner. On behalf of the newer members of the Parliament,I express appreciation to Mr Turner for the courtesies that he extended to us when we arrived here as raw recruits. He organised training classes for us. He organised classes of instruction on how the Parliament operates. I can truly say that, without that training and without that assistance, we could not possibly have done the job for which we were elected. On behalf of the newer members of the Parliament,I say thank you.

I think that I can also say thank you on behalf of the often unsung section of the parliamentary staff, that is, the attendants and the other lower ranked members of the staff of this Parliament. I had fairly close association with these people when I discussedwith Mr Turner some problems relating to the wages and conditions of House attendants. I received very good advice from Mr Turner in this regard, and I appreciate it. As a result of that advice, certain action was taken. The attendants of this House and the lower paid section of thestaff of this House did receive justified salary increases. On their behalf, Mr Turner, I say thank you.

I also express appreciation for a few well chosen words of advice that I received from Mrs Turner very early in the piece, during a function when Her Majesty the Queen was here. Mrs Turner told me that if I followed her husband's advice I would not go very far wrong. I think that we would all doubt whether anybody in the House could go wrong if he followed Mr Turner's advice. I wish you a very well earned retirement and a happy and holy Christmas for yourself, your wife and family. I wish you a prosperous New Year.

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