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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr.CURTIN (Fremantle - Prime Minister). - It is with deep regret that I inform honorable members of the death of the Honorable John Joseph Daly, a former Senator and Minister of the Crown, who passed away at Adelaide on the 13th April, 1942. Thissad event has removed from his family and from a large circle of friends a comparatively young man, who, until his mortal illness, bad engaged in many spheres of activity.

Mr. Dalywas elected to the Senate for South Australia at the general election in 1928. Immediately upon taking his seat., he was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and held that office from June to September, 1929. He became Leader of the Government in the Senate, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Minister in charge of Development and Migration, and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, from the 22nd October, 1929, to the 3rd March, 1931. He was Minister for Defence from the 4th February to the 3rd March, 1931, and acted as Attorney-General from July, 1930, to January, 1931, during the absence at Geneva of the then Attorney-General (Mr. Brennan). He was a member of the Joint Committee on Public Works from April to June, 1931, and held the position of honorary minister from the 26th June, 1931, to the 6th January, 1932. Defeated at the general election in 1934, he held his seat, under the Constitution, until the 30th June, 1935.

Following a successful legal career in South Australia, Mr. Daly entered the wider sphere of federal politics, and at once took a leading part in national affairs. In carrying out the duties of the various ministerial posts that he held in the Labour Government of 1929-31, he proved an able administrator. For this work he had already received excellent training as a member of the South Australian and Federal executives of the Australian Labour party, as National President of the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society and in his active associationwiththe Australian Natives Association and the Irish National Foresters. I pay tribute to the service that he rendered to the Labour movement in Australia. To those of us who knew him, his death is a personalloss . His widow and family will find consolation in the knowledge that he rendered fine service to his country and earned the highest respect of his fellow-men. I move -

That this House records its sincere regret at the death of the Honorable John Joseph Duly,a former senator for the State of South Australia and a Minister of the Crown, places on record its appreciation of his meritorious public service, and tenders its deep sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement.

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