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Thursday, 27 October 1949

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Clark - On behalf of the Parliament itself, I should like to add my few words to the expressions of appreciation that have been uttered by party leaders of the work of the parliamentary staffs, particularly Hansard, during the currency of the

Eighteenth Parliament. The officers have all performed their arduous duties well, and I extend my good wishes to them. The task of the chamber officers, in particular, are onerous and their work is worthy of special mention. Without their capable services the Parliament could not have functioned as efficiently as it has done during the past three years. I also extend to all members of this chamber my thanks for the co-operation that they have always extended to me, both as Chairman of Committees and as Deputy Speaker. It has been with some misgivings that I have carried out the duties of Deputy Speaker. Mr. Speaker (Hon. J. S. Rosevear) is a man of exceptional ability, and it has been no mean task to deputize for him. However, I have endeavoured to the best of my ability to maintain order in the House. With such a variety of tempers and temperaments as there is in this chamber, cne could not expect complete silence during all discussions, but I have received generous co-operation from honorable members in performing my duties. I have crossed swords with some honorable members on occasions, but there has been no personal feeling behind the exchanges. The Standing Orders have had to be observed, and the presiding officer has had to do his duty. Again I express to all honorable members my appreciation of the assistance that they have given to me. It is pleasing indeed to know that Mr. Speaker is improving in health, and on his behalf also I extend good wishes to all honorable members of the Parliament. I think that I can express my feelings most adequately by saying that I should be most happv to see all members of the present Parliament back in their places after the elections.

Question resolved- in the affirmative.

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