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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 21


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —On behalf of myself and the National Party of Australia, I endorse the comments of the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition on the passing of Sir Alister McMullin. When I first became a senator in 1970, for a brief time Sir Alister McMullin was still the President. I suppose that as a new boy one is impressed by the President or someone with his sort of authority more than at most other times.

Senator Sir Alister McMullin literally filled with a massive frame the chair which you, Mr President, now occupy so well. He made a great contribution to the sensible and flexible control of this chamber. In spite of the fact that he had, at least to a new boy, a somewhat stern appearance, he showed a great measure of kindliness, and that was very much appreciated by a learner.

I last saw and talked with Sir Alister McMullin some years ago at a race meeting in the north-west of New South Wales. He had a great interest in that sport. Sir Alister was a well-known and well-respected pastoralist. He was the first chancellor of the University of Newcastle. Sir Alister McMullin was a competent man in and out of this chamber. Australia has lost a fine citizen. I join my colleagues in expressing sympathy and extending condolences to his family.