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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1021


Senator GIETZELT (Minister for Veteran's Affairs) —I join the other senators who have paid tribute to Sir Kenneth Anderson. When I look at the composition of the Senate now I realise how quickly it changes in a decade. Therefore, not many of us here today served at the time when Sir Kenneth Anderson was at his peak in the Senate. For that reason I think it is necessary for those of us who have survived the years to place on the public record our appreciation of Sir Kenneth's contribution to parliamentary life. I think the most important recollection I have about him-he was a very kindly and courteous person-is the way in which he earned the respect of those on the other side of politics. Over a long period the hurley-burley of politics divides us on many occasions, but always the Opposition at the stage when I came into the Parliament regarded Sir Kenneth Anderson with a great deal of respect. It had a great deal of confidence in his integrity as a senator and as a leader of the government of the day.

The important fact about his life, to which Senator Sir John Carrick has referred, was his involvement in community activities throughout practically all his life. He had a long period of service in local government, in State government and, of course, in the Federal Parliament both as a member of the Government and, when government changed, as a member of the Opposition. In all those spheres he earned the respect and love of those with whom he worked, regardless of the political differences which existed in those various spheres of government. Sir Kenneth Anderson worked in hospitals, in the Returned Services League, in local government and in many other community organisations. I know from my own experience that he left a very important mark in each of those areas in which he served, as indeed, he did in the Senate.

It is a matter of great regret that he suffered in recent times with a very serious illness which finally caused his decease. I think it is proper that the Senate and those senators who remember him with affection and respect place on the record our support for what has been said by the Leader of the Government (Senator Button), the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Chaney) and those other senators who have spoken. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathy in these very difficult times to those members of his family who have been referred to. I extend condolences and sympathy also to one of his nephews, Jeff Anderson, whom I know very well and with whom I have had an association, as have you, Mr President, over many years. Because of everything that we know about the Anderson family, I can say without hesitation that they have always earned the respect and admiration of all whom they have met during their lives.