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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4514


Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) (1:54 AM) - As the hour is late I will be very brief, as usual. I congratulate Mr Norm Parkes, who will be taking over as Clerk of the House. Once again this Parliament is to receive the benefit of a lifetime of training in the Parliament itself. Also I would like to say a personal 'thank you' to the Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Mr George Brownbill, who is just completing a most efficient term of office, and to welcome his successor, Mr Giff Jones, who I am sure will continue those harmonious relationships that make for the smooth running and functioning of the House. I should like also to thank you, Mr Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees and all those who assist you in those various capacities. I should like to thank the Whips and the Hansard staff - in fact all the parliamentary staff whether they be in this chamber or in the dining room or on the transport side: all those who during the year help to make life bearable and who assist in the work that goes on here.

I should like also to thank the Deputy Leader of the House (Mr Chipp) who has been assisting with the work in this field. But I must say a special 'thank you', first of all, to the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) for his co-operation, but perhaps more especially to my colleague the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Barnard) who has worked so closely with me and in such a very harmonious way throughout what I think was a fairly difficult time. I feel that we should remember also the members of the Press who look down on us most of the time but who, on occasions such as this, we remember most kindly. I believe that we can look back on a session productive of legislation and keen debate, and it is my hope that the festive season will bring happiness and contentment to all members and to their families.







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