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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External' Affairs) . - by leave - I have to announce, with very great regret, the death of the Honorable Arthur Stanislaus Rodgers, on the 4th October.

The late gentleman represented "Wannon in the House of Representatives ' from 1913 to 1922, and again from 1925 to1929. He was appointed an Honorary Minister in July, 1920, and in December, 1921 received the Trade and Customs portfolio. He occupied this position until February, 1923.

It was my good fortune to be associated with Mr. Rodgers during the whole of the period that he occupied ministerial office. I know how highly he was regarded, because of both his personal character and the marked ability which he displayed in the performance of his duties as a Minister and as a member of this Parliament. He was assiduous in promoting the interests of returned soldiers and in the early post-war period, in particular, did much to assist in the repatriation of our returned soldiers. I move -

That this Senate expresses its deep regret at the death of the Honorable Arthur Stanislaus Rodgers, a former member' of the House of Representatives and Commonwealth Minister of State, places on record its appreciation of his distinguished public service, and tenders to his widow and family its profound sympathy in their bereavement.

Senator COLLINGS(Queensland).I associate the members of the Opposition with the motion, and heartily endorse the remarks of the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce).

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