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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 71

Mr WHITTORN (Balaclava) - At the outset I would like to congratulate and thank His Excellency the Governor-General on his Speech on the occasion of the first session of this, the 28th Parliament. I speak not so much of the format of the Speech because to my mind that will react against Australia in the years ahead, but His Excellency's rendition was first class. I also want to congratulate the new members. I think there are sixteen of them on the Government side and some eight or nine on this side of the House. They will find that things get violent here at times, but by and large we are usually fairly good friends personally. My electors find this difficult to assess why this is so but it is a fact - a fortunate fact indeed. I congratulate particularly the mover and seconder of the motion - the honourable member for Casey (Mr Matthews) and the honourable member for Eden-Monaro (Mr Whan). They have already been on their feet on the second day of this new Parliament and it is not an easy thing, as they indeed know, to stand here and to talk to the critics on their side and to those on our side of the House. I should like to congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on achieving the high office of Speaker of this House. You have an onerous task ahead. The position of Mr Speaker is one to which you have aspired for a long time and I hope that your sojourn as Mr Speaker is a happy but very short one.

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