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Monday, 23 June 2003
Page: 17166

Mr BILLSON (1:58 PM) —It is my great honour to share some thoughts about a dear friend and a truly splendid gentleman, John Warwick August, 1920 to 2003. John was born in Malvern, Victoria, and educated at Balwyn Public School, subsequently gaining tertiary qualifications as an engineer. His career began in the AIF from 1941 to 1946, followed by terms with EMI Australia in Sydney, Pope Products and Kelvinator. John was a chivalrous character, an impressive character and a dignified gentleman. He was an honourable individual who carried himself and his maleness gracefully with apparent ease and great purpose.

He was always a great member of our community as well, serving 27 years as a board member of Diabetes Victoria and four years as chairman. He was the complete package: born and perhaps made of earlier time, he was from the old school. He was nonetheless a very contemporary character, comfortable and entirely compatible with these days. John passed away and left Barbara and a much-adoring family. He was a great member of our community, a great servant of the diabetes movement and a great force for goodness and clear thinking in the Liberal Party. He will be missed but he led a remarkable life; he was a distinguished gentleman and we will miss his passing.

Mr Howard —Sorry about that.

The SPEAKER —The member for Oxley almost had the call. It is only the member for Oxley to whom the Prime Minister should apologise, not the House.