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Tuesday, 7 May 1985
Page: 1412


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —On behalf of senators of the National Party of Australia I endorse the sentiments that have been made clear by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Button) and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Chaney). I express my Party's sympathy to the family of the late Sir Percy Spender. His life began somewhat tragically in that he lost his mother when he was only five. He had a somewhat indifferent career at school. I have read that he seemed to have a priority for rugby over Latin. I am not entirely sure that that is not an intelligent priority. Eventually he continued on to university. As it has been said, he had a brilliant career in law after graduating with first class honours and a university medal.

His entry into politics followed some years in law. He entered the diplomatic world and later went back into the legal world. His time there spanned a lot of years and also showed his remarkable flexibility. His was a remarkable achievement for one who is generally regarded as a great Australian. Amongst his chief achievements was the fact that he was in a very real sense the architect of ANZUS. Its contribution to security in this part of the world has been, and I hope will continue to be, very significant indeed. On behalf of the National Party I express my sympathy to Lady Spender and the Spender family.