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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 29


Senator JESSOP —Briefly, I associate myself with the tributes that have been paid to the late Sir Phillip Lynch. I do so because after the election of November 1966 I entered Parliament with Phillip Lynch and became a very close friend of his during the three years that I was a member of the House of Representatives. I recall that when he became Minister for the Army, very early in his career, he was subjected to relentless attack by the Opposition with respect to certain allegations that were made concerning the treatment of a Vietnam prisoner. I rather admired Phillip in those early days for the way he came to grips with that situation and survived two or three weeks of attack, something which happens frequently in the Houses of Parliament. He went on to greater things, to which other colleagues have referred.

I have always admired the service that Phillip rendered to Australia. I am glad to say that when I learned of his serious illness in May I was able to put my feelings on paper and write to him before his death. Regrettably, I was overseas when he died and was unable to attend his funeral. However, when I came home I found a letter from Phillip written only a few days before he died. Of course, I have been in touch with Leah and have expressed to her the feelings of my family . It is a tragedy to lose a loved one at such a young age. I join the rest of the Senate in extending my sympathy to Leah, her sons and Phillip's parents.