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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

That this House expresses its deep regret at the death on 9th January, 1966, of George William Shaw, a member of this House for the Division of Dawson, places on record its appreciation of his meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement

Mr. GeorgeShaw, who had represented Dawson in this House since 1963, died in Brisbane on 9th January. Mr. Shaw had been active in the Queensland sugar industry before entering the Federal Parliament as a Country Party member. For some years he was Chairman of the Managers' Division of the Mackay Sugar Manufacturers Association. He took an active part in the formation of the Sugar Research Institute, of which he was Deputy Chairman from 1949 to 1964, and he remained a director of the institute up to the time of his death. In Canberra, he closely watched the interests of the sugar producers, and with his passing the industry has lost a conscientious and well informed spokesman in the Federal Parliament.

Mr. Shawhad not been long in this House before his death and we had not had a real opportunity to form an assessment of the qualities which he might have brought, over a period of years, to the service of the Parliament. But we found him a warm, friendly man and we all felt a sense of shock and loss at his passing so suddenly from us. We extend the sincere sympathy of the Parliament to his widow, his daughter and his five sons who are left to mourn him.

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