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Wednesday, 17 February 1932

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - I announce with regret that the Honorable Richard Witty Foster, a former member for Wakefield and a former Minister of the Crown, died on the 5th January in Adelaide. I was not a member of this House when Mr. Foster was representing Wakefield, but I know of his work and of the high personal esteem in which he was held by his fellow members. Mr. Foster first entered Parliament when elected to the House of Assembly of South Australia, in 1893, and was a member of that House for thirteen years, during which time he held Ministerial office for periods totalling five years. His election to the House of Representatives took place in 1909, and he retained the seat until the general elections of 1928. He attained Ministerial office in the Hughes Government as Minister for Works and Railways, holding that portfolio from December, 1921, to February, 1923. His colleagues in this chamber remember him as one imbued with a high sense of public duty, who was at all times prepared strenuously but fairly to uphold his political beliefs. Our sympathy goes out to the widow and family of one who has left behind a very valuable record of public service. I move - by leave -

That the sympathy of this House bc extended to the widow and family of the late Honorable Richard Witty Foster, who was a member of the House of Representatives for Wakefield, South Australia, from 1909 to 1928, and rendered conspicuous service to Australia as a member of State and Federal legislatures, and as a Minister of the Crown.

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