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Wednesday, 17 February 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - The circumstances of the passing of Mr. J. J. Clasby touch me very closely, for I have participated in the three campaigns which have been fought in the East Sydney electorate during the last eleven months. I appreciated the fighting qualities of the late Mr. Clasby, and shall long remember the battle which was waged in that electorate in December last. I took an active part in that struggle, and fought Mr. Clasby strenuously in a political contest. He was a fair fighter, who took his part manfully, and he won from us a seat which we had held for many years. He was not permitted to enjoy the fruits of the victory he won, and we regret his death. As we look round this chamber to-day we feel that his mother and the other members of his family would have felt honoured to witness the ceremony of the opening of this Parliament, and to see their son and brother in the place to which he was elected, but it was not to be. "We regret deeply the circumstances which have made this impossible, and express our sincere sympathy to his sorrowing relatives and friends.

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