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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr GREGORY (Dampier) .- On behalf of the Country party, I desire to indorse all that has been said by the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) ; to express our profound sorrow at the loss Australia has sustained by the death of Sir Samuel Griffith, and to offer our condolences to those whom he has left behind. For the Constitution under which we live we owe much to the deceased statesman and jurist, who probably realized to the full what would be its value to the people of the Commonwealth. We are all familiar with the magnificent and monumental work that he did in the preparation and framing of that famous instrument of government ; and we know, too, that as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia he raised that tribunal to a high pinnacle, so that it is to-day one of which Australia has every reason to be proud. As a jurist, the deceased gentleman's work has indeed been equal to his achievements as a statesman, and I am confident that we shall always class him among the greatest statesmen and jurists that Australia has produced.

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