Mr GILES (Scullin) (13:53): I rise today to draw the attention of members of the House to the awarding of the Order of Australia to the former member for Scullin, my predecessor, Harry Jenkins.
Honourable members: Hear, hear!
Mr GILES: 'Hear, hear!' indeed. To say this award was appropriate is to say the very least. It represents, in my view—and I am sure in the estimation of many current and former members—due recognition of extraordinary service: service to the communities that make up the electorate of Scullin; service to the Shire of Whittlesea, in which he also served; service of course to this parliament; and indeed service to public life more generally. It has been said that Harry made a rare contribution to building public trust across his service in this place. I am so pleased to be able to congratulate Harry on this significant award in this place to which he gave so much, and I look forward to doing so personally.