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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1806

Mr ANTHONY (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —On behalf of members of the National Party I support the condolence motion moved by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and supported by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock). I extend our sympathy to Lady Beale and to her son Julian. Sir Howard Beale was a very distinguished Australian. He made an outstanding contribution over many years to the life of this country. He had a richly varied career as a serviceman , a barrister, a member of parliament, a Minister and an ambassador. Details of his career have already been stated, and I believe they say a lot about the man, his qualities and his character. He was a man who was intensely interested in public life and was always desirous of making a contribution to it. His considerable powers for shrewd observation and his ability to draw upon sound judgment were qualities from which the Government derived great benefit and put him in an able position to be an ambassador of this country.

The honourable member for Hughes (Mr Les Johnson) and I are probably the only two members of this House who sat here with Sir Howard Beale. I remember him as a very good and keen debater and a good administrator of his Department. I remember his friendly approach to people and as a junior member of this Parliament I much appreciated the encouragement he gave me to get on with the business of government. A new member is always appreciative of that. Sir Howard Beale may not be known by many honourable members in parliamentary terms, but many honourable members knew him as an ambassador or for his involvement with the Liberal Party. He was also a keen writer of articles and letters to newspapers, and many honourable members knew him for those activities. I extend deep sympathy to his family. He was a great Australian who will be long remembered.