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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4515

Mr BARNARD (Bass) (1:57 AM) - As the Leader of the House (Mr Swartz) has already pointed out, the hour is late, but I think I would be lacking in common courtesy if I did not take the opportunity to express one or two views on this very important occasion. First of all, I should like to join with those who earlier this evening expressed good wishes to the Clerk of the House. I did not join in the discussion at that time for obvious reasons. There were a number of speakers, and I knew that there would be an opportunity to speak later before the House adjourned. Although I did not speak at that time, I know that Mr Turner would realise that my tribute is just as sincere. He has assisted me, just as he has assisted every other member of this House whenever the occasion has arisen. In more recent years, since it has been my responsibility to approach him on a great number of occasions, I have always found him to be a man who was helpful, considerate and courteous. He certainly was of great assistance to me personally. So I wish both Mr and Mrs Turner a very happy, pleasant, long and enjoyable retirement together. I also join in congratulating Mr Parkes on his appointment to this very high and distinguished office. I know that he will give the same kind of service as we have grown accustomed to receive from Alan Turner.

Next I should like to refer to you Mr Speaker. I have to work very closely with you in some ways. I have appreciated your courtesy and assistance, and I am sure that although honourable members in this House, when matters are under discussion and controversies arise from time to time may not always agree with your decisions, I know that you act impartially, fairly and in the way in which you believe your high office should be discharged.

I should also like to join the Leader of the House in paying a very well deserved tribute to the members of the Hansard staff, to the attendants and indeed to all those people who assist in the running of this Parliament. I believe that we are very fortunate in the House of Representatives and, I suppose too, in the Senate - of course, one can speak sincerely about the House of Representatives - for the high standard of service that all honourable members have received and acknowledged from the staff that very effectively helps in the running of this Parliament. I join with those who have paid a tribute to the Hansard reporters, to the attendants, to Mr Pike and indeed to may people who assist in making our duties less difficult and the standard of the Parliament much higher than it would otherwise be.

I suppose at a time like this there are a great many people to whom one could pay tribute. At this stage I wish to express my gratitude not only to those who have assisted in this way but particularly to the staff of the Leader of the House. I am referring now to Mr George Brownbill who will be retiring from his position. I thank him for his co-operation and assistance over a very long period. I would like also to welcome his successor. I know that we will be able to work together in the same way that I have been able to work with Mr Brownbill. So I look forward to a happy association with him. It is not always an easy task for the Leader of the House or for his opposite number on this side of the House. Of course, this has been demonstrated on a number of occasions. I suppose this is because there are some members of the House of Representatives - both on the Government side and on the Opposition side - who are not always aware of the arrangements that must be made if the business of the House is to be dealt with effectively and expeditiously. In this respect I have endeavoured to work with the Leader of the House as he has endeavoured to work with me to achieve this objective. I believe that it has been done during this session reasonably well. Therefore I join wilh the Leader of the Opposition and those who have spoken tonight to express my own personal good wishes to all those people who have contributed in this way, and to wish all members of the House of Representatives the compliments of the season.

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