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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 13140


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:11): I rise to support the words of the Prime Minister. Bryce Courtenay was not born an Australian but he well and truly became one. He was a great ad man and he became one of our best storytellers. He will always be remembered for The Power of Oneand for his poignant story of the death of his son, April Fool's Day. I join with the Prime Minister on behalf of the coalition in sending our condolences to his wife and his family. The writer dies, but not his words—he has gone, but his spirit lives in his work.