Page 424 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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and rectify the administrative errors justifies debate on this bill this week rather than delaying consideration until March.

Recognising the limited opportunity for scrutiny of the bill that this timetable presents, I have foreshadowed this with the Leader of the Opposition and the opposition spokesperson for corrections and provided them with an opportunity to have a briefing from officials of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate in order to maximise the opportunity to reflect on this. That briefing took place last Friday. So we have endeavoured to ensure the maximum opportunity for members of the Assembly to consider this legislation. I thank members for making themselves available for those opportunities. I conclude by commending the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Jones) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Bernie Harris

MR DOSZPOT (Kurrajong) (4.59): I rise tonight to speak about the passing of an old friend last November, Mr Bernie Harris. He was well known to many federal parliamentarians, and, indeed, many people associated with this Assembly, for his 38 years of service to the federal parliament with Hansard, many of those years as Chief Hansard Reporter. In November the Speaker, the Hon Tony Smith MP, gave the following tribute, which I quote from Hansard:

I want to inform members of the recent death of Mr Bernard Harris. Bernie retired in 2002, having been the Chief Hansard Reporter. He worked in the parliament for 38 years, all of those with Hansard. He dedicated his career and his work to this parliament, and he took an active interest in parliamentary matters after his retirement. I extend, on behalf of the House, our sympathy to his family and friends, and I just wanted to pass on the news to members.

I met Bernie Harris in 1980, as we both played a part in the foundation of Canberra City soccer club, Canberra’s first entry into the then Philips National Soccer League. Bernie made a great contribution as the editor of the club journal and program, Canberra City Soccer News. Bernie also became a prominent soccer commentator on ABC Radio, covering Canberra City and the NSL. He was already one of the senior Hansard reporters by this stage, and his experience made our little journal not just informative but able to carry a gravitas that few sporting journals of the day could emulate.

Bernie’s other passion, apart from parliament, was golf. He joined Royal Canberra Golf Club shortly after moving to Canberra from Brisbane and served on the board for 12 years, including as president for two terms.

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