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Wednesday, 26 November 1980
Page: 54

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) - I wish to associate myself with this well-deserved eulogy to Roy Bullock on the occasion of his retirement. I regret very much that ill health has brought about this circumstance. I would be remiss if I did not pay a tribute to the dedication he has given over many long years to the Parliament and to the Senate. In those 34 years - the same time that I have been a member of parliament - and in the 24 years that he worked at the table, at all times he richly deserved the description of a thorough gentleman. He had a personality that was engaging; he did not press himself forward but was a very reliable, resourceful and thoughtful man.

During my time as President of the Senate I found him to be the ideal type of lieutenant, friend, and counsellor. I hope that he soon recovers from his indisposition and that, with his wife and family, he will be able to enjoy a very well-deserved retirement. Although we would never deprive him of his well-earned retirement, he is a loss to the Senate because of his great experience and his store of knowledge. I hope that his health improves and that his retirement will be long and happy in the pursuit of his pastoral interests. I trust that some day we will be able to visit him on his farm, where I believe that he hopes he will find a field of waving daffodils.

Senator Melzer - He will not wander lonely as a cloud.

Senator O'BYRNE - He will not wander lonely because he will have the good wishes of the many friends he has made during his most valuable contribution to this Parliament.

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