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Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Page: 8465


Mr McCORMACK (Riverina) (12:33): I would like to endorse the remarks made in this chamber this morning by the member for La Trobe, the member for Melbourne Ports and the Minister for the Arts and Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government about the late Clyde Holding, who was a champion not only in this place but also in the Victorian parliament. For somebody to have served in both parliaments shows dedication and commitment not just to his own state but also to the nation's interests. I would also endorse the remarks made about his passion for Catholic school education and funding. It is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I acknowledge his contribution in that area, as well to the welfare of Aboriginal people in this nation. My condolences to his family, to the Labor Party in particular and to this parliament in general, because we have lost a fine man, a fine individual and a fine Australian. I trust his contribution has been properly marked in this place.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Murphy ): I understand it is the wish of honourable members to signify at this stage their respect and sympathy by rising in their places.

Honourable members having stood in their places—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I thank the Committee.

Ms RISHWORTH: I move:

That further proceedings be conducted in the House.

Question agreed to.