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Wednesday, 12 February 1986
Page: 179

Senator HARRADINE —by leave-I, too, would like to associate myself with your remarks, Mr President, and the remarks of other senators on the retirement of Kevin Chapman from his position as broadcaster of Federal Parliament. As other senators have observed, Kevin has brought to that task over many years a dignity and a rounded voice which often does not emanate in like manner from many of us. I, too, wondered about his being able to keep his sanity, and clearly he has been able to do so; he is a most personable man. I wonder whether it is a fact that he has been able to do two jobs at once. I wonder, though I have no evidence, whether while we are speaking and he is making the appropriate commentary he has not had the form guide before him, making appropriate choices. If he has been able to combine both tasks, he has done both well. He might have some quibble about the latter, but certainly in broadcasting Federal Parliament he has carried out his job most effectively and in a dignified manner. I wish Kevin all the very best in his retirement. I would hope also that his experience in this place will be called upon by those who have the responsibility to determine whether the proceedings of this chamber and the House of Representatives will be broadcast in another form-for example, via television. I am sure that Kevin would be able to tell us whether or not there is a difference between the attitudes of members of Parliament on broadcast day and the attitudes of members of Parliament on non-broadcast day and whether or not-perish the thought-senators tend to act like prima donnas on broadcast day whereas on non-broadcast days--

Senator Chaney —Are we broadcasting today?

Senator HARRADINE —Are we on the air? With that, Mr President, I wish Kevin all the best.