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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2202


Mr PEACOCK (Leader of the Opposition) —The Leader of the National Party of Australia (Mr Sinclair) spoke on behalf of the Liberal and National parties, but I have a particular bond with Hansard reporters and Principal Parliamentary Reporters that no other member has, having married the daughter of one. Therefore, I would like to say to Jim, having heard the sorts of stories that are told after Principal Parliamentary Reporters retire, that I would welcome having a chat with him in years ahead during his retirement. If those stories match Ken Ingram's they would make for a succession of very successful dinners. I want to add more particularly, that because of my association now with Ken Ingram who retired, of course, some years ago, I appreciate, beyond the accuracy , the dedication and the service, the sheer weight of responsibility of a Principal Parliamentary Reporter which perhaps for too long has not always been recognised. You have carried, Jim, an enormous responsibility. I simply want to add to the words of the Leader of the House (Mr Young) and the Leader of the National Party of Australia my gratitude and my Party's gratitude. That goes, of course, to Mrs Roberts as well.