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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 893

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) - Mr Speaker,on behalf of the Government I have the greatest pleasure in congratulating the honourable member for Perth (Mr Berinson) on being elected Chairman of Committees. He has for the last 2 years served as a Deputy Chairman of Committees and he has been in the Chair on very many occasions during those 2 years which have seen so much legislation brought before the Parliament. He has been in the Parliament for only 5 years. He came here with the reputation of being a most formidable debater. He has proved to all of us in his 5 years here that he is one of the most brilliant debaters in public life. In his first year he showed himself to be an assiduous parliamentarian. Nevertheless, he was able to add the profession of law to his existing profession of pharmacy. He completed his law course at the University of Western Australia with first-class honours and the University Medal. He is one of the ornaments of the Parliament. As the parliamentary leader of the Australian Labor Party, I am proud of the contribution he has made in so short a time as a parliamentarian both in the Parliament and beyond. I have no doubt that the proceedings of this Parliament will be effective and decorous on those occasions when he is in the chair.

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