Thursday, 18 June 2020
Statement by the President
Brown, Mr John, OAM
by leave—I won't say too much. I think it's all been said. I concur with my colleagues in what they've said with regard to John. I was very saddened when I heard of his retirement today, because every day that I walk in here I see his face and the smile on his face, and I think it's just a pleasant attitude that someone has in doing their work, as if they're really happy to come to work. I don't necessarily have that every day! But it's nice to see it in someone else's face.
John mentioned he wants to get over to Margaret River. He hasn't been there. I hope he gets there and to other beautiful places in the country. You've got to come up to Queensland. There are some fantastic places there as well. I just hope you have a very healthy, happy, long retirement with your grandchildren, with your wife and with your family. I'm just terribly jealous because, after so many years working in this chamber, you probably know a hell of a lot more than I do, and more than most of us in this chamber do, about procedure. So I wish you could transfer that to me! I think you've enjoyed your time here, watching the politics of it and seeing what's happened. I think you're going to take a lot of wisdom with you, and it's been an absolute honour being here to be served by you and your staff. So thank you very much.