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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 2117

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - by leave - I, too, would like to make a brief contribution on the statement which the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) made about the retirement of the honourable member for Mallee (Sir Winton Turnbull) from the position of Country Party Whip. I had thought that I would be making some reference to the honourable gentleman on the last night of the sittings. However, I shall anticipate it now. He has been, by any standard, a most diligent and effective Whip. I believe that he has never missed a sitting of the House since he was elected in 1946. It would be a pretty bold member of his Party who missed any sitting of the House since he became Whip. From your position looking straight down the centre aisle Mr Speaker, you will have observed the reactions that the honourable gentleman can produce. He has been a man of undiminished ardour in everything pertaining to his duties over his very long period of service to the people of his electorate, the people of his Party and the people of Australia.

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