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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 39


Senator WALTERS —by leave-The problem with the leaders of the different parties speaking before me is that they steal all the thunder. There seems to me to be very little left to add to what has been said regarding Senator Rae's performance in this place. He was certainly a highly regarded senator for Tasmania. One did not have to ask from which State he came; everybody automatically knew he came from Tasmania. He certainly left his mark on this Senate, particularly in the area of the committee system. As you would be well aware, Mr President, all this has already been said. As Senator Watson said, he topped the poll in the Bass election and this is an indication of the regard in which he is held in his own area. All that remains to me is to wish him well in his new area of politics. I am quite sure that his wife Tessa will be delighted to have him home a lot more than she has been used to. I wish them both well.