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Thursday, 3 December 2015
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The PRESIDENT (23:30): Just in concluding the fine speeches that have just been made, I think the best Christmas present I could give you all is not repeating all that again. But, in saying that, I do not want to belittle the thanks that have been afforded to many here—in particular, the entire staff of the Department of the Senate, led by the Clerk. So I add my comments to that in all sincerity, because the work they do is fantastic, as with the Department of Parliamentary Services. I also acknowledge and single out the Deputy President. I thank the Deputy President, Gavin Marshall, for his loyalty and his assistance throughout the year also. Thank you all, Senators, for what you have done and the contribution you make to this place.

Senator Wong, according to senators on my right, apparently I do uphold your points of order. I do remind ministers of the question from time to time. Senator Wong, I also have a Christmas wish for next year: I hope we all come back with a renewed commitment to make sure that this place maintains a strong sense of decorum and also a great sense of purpose and that we uphold what the public of Australia would like us to uphold, and that is a fine institution that actually has good debate, less argument with the chair and maybe less debate across the chamber. Thank you all for all the support you have shown me in my office as well. I do appreciate that.

I understand another Christmas bonus is that we are following convention this year and no-one wishes to speak on the adjournment debate. I now propose:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

The Senate will meet again on Tuesday, 2 February 2016, at 12.30 pm. Have a safe and happy Christmas.

Senate adjourned at 23:32 until Tuesday, 2 February 2016 at 12:30.