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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3094

Mr MACPHEE (Balaclava) (Minister for Productivity) -Mr Speaker,I will not detain the House for very long. I place on record my respect for the honourable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr Crean). I agree with the sentiments expressed by the honourable member for Higgins (Mr Shipton). I also represent an electorate that adjoins Melbourne Ports. Frank Crean has cooperated with me in all respects in the City of St Kilda, as he has with my colleague in the City of Prahran. It was my privilege to know Frank Crean well before I came into this place. We served together on the Council of Adult Education in Victoria, when he was Chairman. He was Chairman for 20 years. I know him to be a most worthy citizen. It is my hope that future governments, Federal and State, will make use of his great talents, because he is too young to retire from active duty on behalf of the Australian community. He has great experience. I believe that in this Parliament he has raised some very good questions. He has helped to point us a little along the way to finding some of the answers to those almost intractable questions. I, for one, look forward to hearing him express his opinions from time to time. I hope that a number of us are able to give him opportunities to do that

The retiring Government members and the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth) know of my respect for them, and I need not amplify that. I have not had the privilege of knowing the honourable member for Fremantle (Mr Beazley), but I believe that what my colleague the honourable member for Higgins has said is widely held. I, from my position, respect him also. I believe that he also still can make a contribution similar to that which the honourable member for Melbourne Ports can make. In conclusion I join with those who have congratulated you, Mr Speaker, on the way in which you have handled the difficult occasions in this Parliament. They erupt quickly and without warning. I believe that you have drawn upon your industrial relations background in conciliating and in defusing situations which someone less wise, less calm and with less sense of humour would have found getting out of hand. I congratulate you, Mr Speaker.

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