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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 884

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) Mr Speaker,on behalf of the Government I have the greatest pleasure in congratulating you on being elected to the highest position to which the House can elect any of its members. It is less than 8 years since you were elected to the House. Many honourable members will remember the impression that you made in the campaign in which you were elected to the House. We who were associated with it remember very well how your experience in civil and industrial matters equipped you for representative duties and as Chairman of Committees. Two years ago, when I congratulated you on behalf of the Government on being elected Chairman of Committees, I said that all those who had served you in the Parliament knew what an avid student you are of parliamentary procedures and what a redoubtable proponent you are of parliamentary rights. In the 2 years that you have served as Chairman of Committees all honourable members would, I believe, confirm what I said at that time. I wish you, on behalf of the Government, a long and successful tenure as Speaker.

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