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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 37

Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —I associate myself briefly with the remarks made by other honourable senators about Kevin Cairns. I do so because we are not always a particularly interesting lot in this Parliament, I suspect. Kevin Cairns was a very interesting man. He had a very good and tough mind. Without wishing to insult anybody, that is not something which one finds every day in the Parliament. He stood out for that. I noticed with interest that he listed his major leisure occupation as reading. I understand that, because not only had he a tough and fine intellect but also he was a very well informed man. I want to say nothing about his parliamentary career and so on because all that has been said, but I admired him personally very much for those qualities and I join with others in expressing my sympathy to his wife and family.

The PRESIDENT —I invite all honourable senators to stand in silence to indicate their assent to the motions of condolence and as a mark of respect to the former President and members of the House of Representatives.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable senators standing in their places.

The PRESIDENT —The sitting of the Senate is suspended until 8 p.m. as a mark of respect to the deceased.

Sitting suspended from 5.25 to 8 p.m.