Thursday 18 April 2013
Hansard of the Legislative Council
AU REVOIR TO MADAM PRESIDENT SUE
Mr FINCH (Rosevears) - I could simply stand
up here and say, 'Hear, hear' to everything and the qualities people have
talked about that Madam President has, but I will paraphrase a story I heard
recently about Madam President. There was talk we were going to be sitting
later and when Madam President was a member of the chamber gave the warning to
the leader, 'If you do that, I will get tired and when I get tired I get
crabby, and when I get crabby I talk a lot. So that is a threat'.
Mr FINCH - On the subject of talking a lot,
I remember when I first came into the chamber 11 years ago, watching the
qualities of the people in the chamber and having utmost respect for each and
every one. For me, the stand-out figure was the member for Montgomery who would
sit in that seat where you are, member for Elwick, and with her books around
her and accoutrements all ready to go. When she came to the lectern it was
always very measured, it was always a thoughtful contribution and sometimes a
longish one, not because she loved being up here but because she had things to
say which certainly resonated with me and other members. We always listened with
respect and we always came away with a better understanding of what we were
dealing with when we listened to the member for Montgomery make her
contributions. I think you are right, we do miss those contributions on the
floor but clause 1 has been wonderful a couple of times, and that has just
woken the leader up.
To you, Madam
President, thanks very much for your company and the humour that we have shared
from time to time, and the hospitality that you have shown to us members, as
President. We have been able in a good-humoured way to share your company and
thank you for the example that you have set for us to follow. Your memory will
live on in this House, and particularly the incident with the member for
Mersey; I thought he was going to say, 'Oi!', to get everybody's attention.
That was an incident when Madam President and I were having a discussion and
the member for Mersey thought that it was improper for us to be talking while
he was at the lectern, so he gained our attention by yelling 'Oi!' and it was
the first and last time we have heard that.
Mr FINCH - And, hopefully, it will be the
last time we will see that shirt as well.
Mr FINCH - However, I have digressed from
the matter at hand, Madam President. I simply want to say thank you for your
company, for your leadership and for being a woman as an agent of change.
Members - Hear, hear.