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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 27

Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —On my own behalf and on behalf of the National Party of Australia I support this motion of condolence on the death of Sir Phillip Lynch. I had the honour and pleasure of knowing Phillip Lynch during the entire time I have been in this Parliament. Indeed, his was a very distinguished parliamentary career. His involvement in government must surely have been almost as great as the involvement of anyone who has passed through this Parliament. He had a whole range of very senior portfolios. I am sure that his performance in all of them was first class. I suppose if I tried to think of anything that really indentified Phillip Lynch for me it would be his extraordinary loyalty to and promotion of a specific political philosophy and way of life of which he was absolutely and totally convinced. It was that loyalty that probably was branded on my mind more than any other single thing.

The extraordinary, sad and savage illness that he endured for so long has already been mentioned. His courage in that circumstance cannot have failed to be noticed by the whole Australian community. Indeed it is a tragedy not only for his family but also for the whole community in which he moved that he should have died at such a young age. I guess one would have to conclude that Phillip Lynch was indeed a very great achiever in far too short a span. I add my sincere sympathy and that of my Party to that already expressed to his wife and his family.