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Monday, 14 September 1987
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Mr SINCLAIR (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —On behalf of the National Party of Australia, I extend our congratulations to the honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Leo McLeay). I feel sad that the honourable member for Wide Bay (Mr Millar) was not successful for, without doubt, the impartiality that he has demonstrated in the chair over successive years more than qualifies him for the position. However, I recognise the nature of responsibilities of each of those who not only act as Deputy Speaker but who are assistants to yourself and your Deputy, Madam Speaker, and we know that the services of the honourable member for Wide Bay will be utilised in those other ways.

To each of those-certainly not only to the honourable member for Grayndler-who serve in that role, I commend the admonition given to you, Madam Speaker, on your election by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard). There is an important role for those who sit in this place with impartiality and unless that impartiality is exercised there is concern either on one side of the House or the other as a product of the deliberations. I wish the honourable member for Grayndler well. We on this side of the House look forward to enjoying a harmonious relationship with him in the future.