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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 40

Senator ARCHER —by leave-I am slightly different from the rest of my colleagues in as much as I have an association with Peter Rae which goes back 40 years. In 1946, not quite in short pants but all but, I first made Peter's acquaintance. Over those 40 years I followed him, being a few years older, through his early career years. I worked with him on various occasions during his professional career. I think the Parliament is going to be worse off by the standing down of Peter Rae because he did have the interests of the Parliament as his primary objective. He certainly did a considerable amount to see that procedure, dedication to Parliament and knowledge of the Parliament and its systems achieved the top priority. I made a note and I see that I put down `midnight oil'. I am not referring to a music group of any sort but to Peter's working habits. I think that he burnt more midnight oil in this place than anybody else has in the last 20 years.

Senator Peter Baume —I think his officers will have a few lessons coming up very soon.

Senator ARCHER —I think that may well be. The Tasmanians are going to find that they will work to a different lifestyle from now on. As far as Tasmanians are concerned, there is no doubt that Peter's addition to what was, without him even, a very, very strong team did add to the overall success of his Party in the Tasmanian election on Saturday. I, too, congratulate him on topping the poll in Bass and doing it so well. I am pleased that he will be continuing to serve Tasmania. He can still make an enormous contribution because of the knowledge that he has gained of procedure, of the Parliament and of the ups and downs of the system. I certainly wish him well in the years to come.

I would also like to welcome the return of Senator Coleman to the chamber. I have been working on a committee with Senator Coleman for 10 years. Sometimes she has been my boss and sometimes I have been her boss. It has been a very good relationship and I am very pleased to see her back and in the chamber. I hope that she is here for many more years.