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Tuesday, 20 August 1996
Page: 2669

Senator HARRADINE(2.33 p.m.) —Madam President, I join with my colleagues in congratulating you warmly on your election as President of the Senate—an onerous position which will become perhaps even more onerous in this particular Senate as the debate goes to and fro on various issues of great importance. But your background and your experience will serve you well in discharging that onerous task.

You will need, of course, to uphold the principle of freedom of speech in this chamber and adopt a fair approach to it. You will also need to uphold freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of peaceful protest in the precincts of the parliament for which you will be responsible—an onerous task but important freedoms to uphold. I am confident that, with your political background, strength of character and legal background, you are well-equipped to perform that task. I am also confident, having worked with you for the last 15 years and having seen you in action, that you will be up to meeting that very onerous task. Congratulations.