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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 751


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —On behalf of the Opposition I rise to support the motion moved by the Manager of Government Business in the Senate, Senator Gareth Evans, expressing our sorrow at the death of the Hon. Hugh Stevenson Roberton. Mr Roberton served as a Minister from 1956 to 1965 and he is one of the members of parliament I remember from visits I used to make to the Parliament as a schoolboy and as a student.


Senator Button —That explains a lot.


Senator CHANEY —I particularly recall his courtesy. In light of the minor interjection from the Leader of the Government in the Senate I can only say that that quality is worth remembering because the sorts of courtesies that Mr Roberton showed are not conspicuous in either chamber in the current era. I do recall him for his courtesy and I also recall that his memories of Parliament must have been better than the memories some past members have because he used to visit the Parliament from time to time, usually in response to invitations from his old Party, renamed the National Party of Australia. He and his now widow attended some of those functions and I can remember talking with them.

On behalf of the Opposition I express our very great sympathy to his widow. Mr Roberton had a long and distinguished career. He served his country well in war and in peace in this Parliament and out of this Parliament. I believe that he was a particularly fine representative not just of his Party but indeed of the Australian people, and I am very sad at his passing.