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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16382

Mr KING (1:57 PM) —I rise to express my condolences, and those of my electorate, at the passing of William Charles Wentworth yesterday. The antecedents of Mr Wentworth go back to the earliest days of the colony. William Charles Wentworth was one of the great pioneers and explorers of this nation, and his character of robust criticism and reformist tendencies is one that was inherited in full by William Charles Wentworth, deceased. Amongst his achievements in this parliament was the success in being elected for 12 successive terms and proudly representing the people of Mackellar—no doubt we will hear a little more about that in a moment. In particular, one of the achievements of Mr Wentworth was to promote the recognition of the Australian Aboriginal people, which led to the passing of the important referendum in 1967. Furthermore, he was also of great importance and moment in ensuring that single-gauge railways were properly recognised in Australia. He died aged 95. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is my honour to note in this House his passing.