|So long, and thanks for all the things|
Now to my story.
It is about a girl who was to be married.
She said to her father,
"I shall be so nervous
I will faint as you walk me down the aisle".
Her father said: "That is a stupid way
to look at it. You will be quite all right
if you just fix your mind
on three things - the aisle,
which you are approaching
and the hymn
that the people in the church will be singing".
His daughter replied, "That is a great idea:
She went down the aisle
with that thought in her mind.
I think we all come into the Parliament
thinking to ourselves,
this and I'll alter
that". But things do not
quite like that.
Some one suggested once
I ought to appear in films.
I think now that perhaps I shall
when you are watching television
you may see me
some of the things
that are done here
(From the valedictory speech of Senator Agnes Robertson of the Country Party, on her retirement from politics in mid-1962 after 12 years of service. At this time there were five female Senators and no female members of the House of Representatives. In fact there were no women in the Reps for a period of 15 years extending from 1951 to 1966.)
(c) Melinda Smith 2016