The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (17:11): Mr President, I congratulate you on your election as President. I rise briefly to speak on this motion and to add my thanks to Andrew McLachlan for all he has done for this council and the parliament. While I am sad that we will be losing him in this place, I am heartened that, in his new role, the people of South Australia will not have lost a champion.
Although he currently no longer has the title of honourable, the manner in which Andrew carried himself while in this place means he will always be honourable in my eyes. As a member of the Legislative Council, he always acted with integrity and transparency—traits that are revered in this cutthroat business of politics. When Andrew took up the President's position, I was torn. On one hand, I was sad because I knew we were losing a great member on the floor, but I also knew that he would be a fair and reasonable President.
He controlled the chamber well, which can sometimes be challenging, and the kind words which have been expressed about Andrew's departure are a testament to how well liked and respected he was in this place. I offer my congratulations to Andrew McLachlan and wish him all the best in the future. I support this motion.