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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 885

Mr HICKS —I join the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke), the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard), the Leader of the National Party of Australia (Mr Sinclair) and other speakers in offering my condolences and those of the people of the Riverina region to the wife of Hugh Roberton and his daughter. Much has been said about Hugh Roberton and I second all of it. I did not know Hugh Roberton all that well, but I remember going to see him after I was first elected to represent the seat of Riverina. He was already an elderly gentleman, but when one shook his hand one knew that he was still a strong man.

Mr Ian Cameron —The salt of the earth.

Mr HICKS —As the honourable member for Maranoa says, he was the salt of the earth. The people of the Riverina area, who knew him well, will miss him sadly. I am sure that all honourable members who knew him and all Australians regard him as a great Australian. Once again, I offer my condolences on behalf of the people of the Riverina.