Senate debates

Thursday, 5 March 2015


Senate Parliamentary Liaison Officer

3:06 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Social Services) Share this | | Hansard source

Under indulgence, can I acknowledge that today is the last day in this building of the Senate PLO, Michelle Rak. We all acknowledge the important role that the Senate PLO plays in this place in what is an interesting professional environment for a public servant. Can I thank her on behalf of the government for her service to the Australian parliament, and acknowledge Susan Cattermole will be starting as her replacement.

Photo of Claire MooreClaire Moore (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Women) Share this | | Hansard source

On indulgence, I would like to add some comments on behalf of the Labor team to acknowledge Michelle Rak and thank her for her hard work and professionalism. She has always been extremely effective in making sure we knew what our job was. As Senator Fifield has said, it is an interesting place for a placement, and I am sure Mitchell found it extraordinarily interesting in her time here. I also take the opportunity to welcome Susan Cattermole into the job. I know that we will have the same working relationship with Ms Cattermole.

3:07 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

On indulgence, I associate the Greens with those remarks of thanks. Mitchell Rak has always been extremely helpful, very gracious and very good to work with. I wish her well for the future.