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Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Page: 11259

Mr TURNBULL (Leader of the Opposition) (3:36 PM) —On indulgence, can I second the remarks of the Prime Minister and, on behalf of the opposition, thank Ian Harris for his 37 years of service. Ian, you have enlightened all of us through our many encounters and questions to you. You have left none of us any wiser but always much better informed. We are very grateful for that. Your service has been extraordinary and this place—the most important meeting place of the Australian people, where the laws and the government of this nation are decided—could not operate without your commitment, your professionalism and your integrity. We are forever indebted and the nation is forever indebted to you for your service.

You have, of course, been served by an outstanding deputy in Bernard Wright. Bernard’s service has also been outstanding. He has had a great mentor in you. Bernard, we are all delighted that you are stepping up to fill Ian’s shoes. You have been a wonderful team together and we know that his spirit and his values will guide you in the many years that you will be our Clerk. We congratulate you from our side of the House, and every member congratulates you on your appointment and thanks you for your service.