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Wednesday, 12 February 1986
Page: 178

The PRESIDENT —It has been brought to my attention that this week is the last week of broadcasting for Mr Kevin Chapman, a voice familiar to many Australians through his long association with parliamentary broadcasts on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has been on the air continuously since 1942 and has been broadcasting the Parliament since 1957. Kevin and his brother Ray, who commenced broadcasting in 1938 and retired last year, hold the world record for brothers in broadcasting-over 90 years.

Mr Chapman has had a most interesting career in broadcasting and television. He was involved in television in this country from its outset in 1956 and maintained his participation in that medium until 1984. He was radio supervisor at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956. He broadcast for NHK Tokyo in Japan in 1966-67 and for Blue Danube Radio, Vienna, in 1983 and 1985. I personally have had a long association with Mr Chapman. As a former Minister for the Media and now as President of the Senate, I wish to pay a warm tribute to him for his great contribution to broadcasting in this country, and particularly for his service to parliamentary broadcasting. I am sure that all honourable senators join me in extending best wishes to Kevin, his wife Pamela and their family. We trust that he will have a healthy and enjoyable retirement.