This speech is in relation to Trevor Blowes. The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK offers condolences to his family and friends.
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:30): I rise to add my comments to those previously made and to express my appreciation for the Clerk's contribution, in particular, which gave us a different insight into Trevor Blowes, whom we knew as a professional and as someone who adorned himself impeccably sartorially. Many of us would never have known that he was the tender age of 56; in fact, yesterday I commented that I did not think he had even reached 50, so one would never say that he had let himself go in any way. He commenced service in the parliament 33 years ago, and one would not have thought that, having worked with him in the corridors. He had some form of essence of youth. Unfortunately, he was cut down in his prime.
I note that 15 years ago, on 14 January 1993, he rose to the position of Deputy Clerk and Usher of the Black Rod and served on a number of select committees. He was indeed a very valuable part of this chamber and assisted many of us, particularly when we were new to this place, in understanding our roles and duties, when we should be on our feet and what we should say at particular points. He was the consummate professional, and our condolences go to his family and friends.