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Tuesday, 20 August 1991
Page: 42


Mr HAWKE (Prime Minister) —I move:

That this House expresses its deep regret at the death, in June of this year, of the Hon. R. S. King OBE, the honourable member for Wimmera from 1958 to 1977 and Assistant Minister to the Minister for Primary Industry from 1971 to 1972, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Robert King was born on 22 March 1920 at Warracknabeal in Victoria and educated at Carey Grammar School. He enlisted with the AIF in 1940 and served his country admirably with 2/24 Battalion in the Tobruk and El Alamein campaigns, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He later fought at Lae in New Guinea. He was severely wounded in 1943 and was discharged in 1945.

He was first elected to this House as member for Wimmera in 1958. Bob served on several parliamentary committees, including the House Committee on Printing, which subsequently became the Publications Committee, the Joint Committee on Parliamentary and Government Publications and the Joint Committee on Prices.

Bob was also a delegation member on visits to South East Asia, to Copenhagen-for the fifty-third conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union-and later to Paris for the fifty-ninth conference. In 1971 he was appointed Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industries and held this position until 1972. On his retirement from Federal politics in 1977, he had been the longest serving member for that area of Victoria since Federation.

He joined Wimmera Legacy in 1956 and was President in 1980-81. In 1982 Bob's valuable contribution both to the Parliament and the greater community was recognised when he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen. On behalf of the Government, I extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and family in their bereavement.