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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4520


Mr SPEAKER -It is not often I have the chance to speak for half an hour on the debate for the adjournment of the House, but I shall not take this opportunity to do that. I would like to reply to some of the comments that were made earlier tonight. Firstly, I would like to thank the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon), the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Anthony), the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam), the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Barnard) and the Leader of the House (Mr. Swartz) for the kind remarks that they made about the Speaker of the House. I would also like to thank them for the tributes that they paid to the 2 Clerks and the table officers who work so loyally and so assiduously over long hours on behalf of members and the Parliament itself. I would be remiss if I did not thank the deputy speakers and the chairmen of committees for their excellent co-operation during the year. I am extremely thankful for their understanding during my absences.

It is not always easy to sit here and make a split second decision. No man can be always right, but I want to assure the

House that as I have done in the past so 1 shall do in the future - endeavour to be right and to be as impartial as any mortal soul can be. Thank you very much for the tributes to the attendants and other members of the staff, such as those in the refreshment rooms, and particularly the unnamed people who have not been referred to but who run into many categories both in the chamber and in the House. I assure honourable members that they work loyally and assiduously and that the comfort of and service to the members is their first consideration. I shall have great pleasure in conveying to them the thoughts of the members of the House and shall express your appreciation to them for their services during the year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 2.29 a.m. (Friday), until a date and hour to be fixed by Mr Speaker and to be notified by him to each member by telegram or letter.







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