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Wednesday, 23 April 1980
Page: 1782

The PRESIDENT - I draw honourable senators' attention to the retirement due to illhealth of Mr Edmund Joseph Donnelly from the position of Secretary of the Joint House Department.

Mr Donnellywas appointed to the parliamentary service early in 1 979 and I believe the Parliament was very fortunate in having the service, short though it has been, of a man of his calibre, experience and good humour. Prior to his appointment to the Joint House Department, Mr Donnelly served Australia in many areas, commencing in 1945 with the Royal Australian Air Force and subsequently as a Commonwealth public servant in the Taxation Office, the Department of Territories, the Department of the Treasury and as Chief Auditor, Canberra.

I know I speak for all honourable senators when 1 say we will miss him. We acknowledge his valuable contribution to the working of the Parliament and wish him and Mrs Donnelly a long and happy retirement together.

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