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Thursday, 29 October 1931
Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr.SPEAKER (Hon. Norman Makin) took the chair at 3 p.m., and offered prayers. death of the HONORABLE patrick Mcmahon glynn.

Mr. SCULLIN(Yarra- -Prime Minister) [3.2]. - by leave - It has been my sad duty on several occasions recently to announce the deaths of former members of this Parliament; another who was a prominent figure in this House, and a member of the first Commonwealth Parliament, has passed away. The Hon. Patrick McMahon Glynn died in Adelaide yesterday. His long and distinguished parliamentary career commenced in 1S87. He was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for a total period of seven years prior to federation, and was a delegate from that State to the Australasian Federal Convention of 1897 and 1898. At the first general election for the Commonwealth Parliament in 1901 he was elected to this House as one of the five representatives of South Australia, and in subsequent Parliaments represented Angas continuously from 1903 to 1919. He held office in Commonwealth Ministries as Attorney-General, Minister for External Affairs, and Minister for Home and Territories, and was amongst those members of this Parliament who visited England at the invitation of the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1916. Long after he ceased to be a member of this House he retained interest in that association, and maintained close contact with his former colleagues. Every honorable member who had the privilege of knowing him intimately was proud to claim him as a friend. He will be remembered as a great scholar, and a cultured and eloquent speaker on occasions of importance. His literary taste was reflected, not only in his speeches, but also in many written works. He brought to bear on public affairs a wellinformed mind and a sound legal training which were of great service to the legislature and to the governments of which he was a member. To members of all parties he was always ready to give valuable advice and assistance. He did not spare himself in his efforts to render service to the Australian people. All who knew him will revere the memory of one who made his mark in Australian public life, and won the esteem and affection of many friends. I move -

That the sympathy of this House be extended to the members of the family of the late Hon. Patrick McMahon Glynn. K.C., who. from the date of his election to the first Commonwealth Parliament until . 1919, wasa member of the House ofRepresentatives, and rendered outstanding service to Australia as a member of the legislature and as a Minister of the Crown.

Mr. LATHAM(Kooyong) [3.5].- On behalf of the members of the Opposition I second the motion. Mr. Glynn had a long and honorable career in the public life of South Australia and the Commonwealth. He served his country in many capacities. In addition to his political activities he took an active interest in literature and the arts, and was well qualified, and always ready, to promote the culture of the community. A friendly and kindly gentleman, he . was affectionately regarded by members of all parties in politics. I join with the Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin) in extending the sympathy of this House to the bereaved family.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable members standing in their places.

Motion (by Mr. Scullin) agreed to -

That Mr. Speaker be requested to transmit to the members of the family of the late Hon. P. McM. Glynn the foregoing resolution together with a copy of the speeches delivered thereon.

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