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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3089

Mr BONNETT (Herbert) -I appreciate the opportunity to address the House for a few minutes. As previous speakers have mentioned, for health reasons I am not seeking re-endorsement for my seat of Herbert. This will be the last time that I can enjoy the honour and the privilege of speaking in this famous chamber. I have been very conscious of the privilege extended to me by the people in the federal seat of Herbert, in electing me in the last S elections which have covered 1 1 years. To be their representative has been a privilege of which I have been extremely proud. During those 1 1 years I have enjoyed the friendship of honourable members on both sides of this House and in the Senate, and your friendship, Mr Speaker. I should like to stress how much I have appreciated those friendships. I should like to think that we can continue them in the future.

I also offer my special thanks to the staff of Parliament House- the attendants, the clerical staff, the drivers, the stewards and waitresses, the girls in the typing pool, the girls on the exchange, the Library staff, the Hansard staff, Gordon Pike and his team, and in fact aU those people who are engaged in the daily operation of running this Parliament House. I have appreciated their constant courtesy and their willingness to assist me at all times more than mere words can describe. To the various Ministers' staffs and the departmental officials and the staff of the whips' offices over the 1 1 years that I have been worrying them with my famous maul a Minister day that used to happen once a fortnight, I say thank you kindly for your valuable assistance to me and my electorate. Mr Speaker and members of the chamber, I wish you aU the best of luck in the forthcoming election, but more importantly I wish you all the best of health in the coming years. I have always regarded it as a great honour to serve in the Federal Parliament of this great country, an honour that comes to relatively few men among our Australian people. I sincerely thank you all once again.

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