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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 30


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —On behalf of the Opposition I express support for this motion of condolence and join with the Deputy Leader of the Government in the remarks which he has made about Mr Luchetti. Like Senator Grimes, my period in the Parliament overlapped that of Mr Luchetti for only a brief period, but I agree with the summary that has been given to us this afternoon. Mr Luchetti was held in high regard on my side of the chamber and was regarded as a man who should be accorded respect by all. He served his country in a range of ways. As has just been pointed out, he served his own political party from the late 1920s through to the 1970s which is a considerable period. He served in local government both on the Lithgow City Council and as Mayor of Lithgow. He was very active in the New South Wales Local Government Association of which he was the Senior Vice-President. He was active in the Parliament and he had outside interests which perhaps accounted for his normalcy and the warmth with which he was regarded. He retained an interest in bushwalking and reading. I sometimes think that is the secret of the sort of man that Mr Luchetti did remain during his long political career. The Opposition joins with the Government in expressing its sympathy to his widow and children. Again we say thank you to him for his excellent service which he rendered Australia and his community.