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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - Five members of this Parliament have died since the Parliament was elected. The first was the Honorable A. G. Townley, the next was Senator Seddon Vincent, the next was Senator the Honorable Harrie Wade, then Senator the Honorable Sir Shane Paltridge and finally Mr. George Shaw. This shows us how short life can be and how our greatest expectations are not always fulfilled.

The late Mr. Shaw came to this Parliament endowed with considerable gifts and, naturally enough, he expected to be here for some time so that he could make his contributions to the debates of this Parliament and also to the advancement of the welfare of Australia. He did his work in Queensland and was known better to most of my Queensland colleagues than he was to those from the other States. I really did not know him. I had never had a conversation with him. I bade him the time of day on a few occasions when our paths happened to cross but I did not know all that I might have known about him. 1 regret that the opportunity to learn more about him has slipped away.

Mr. Shawwas a quiet man and a constructive thinker. He did not speak often here although his attendance record was very good. He made quiet contributions and he was generally esteemed by my colleagues, some of whom did meet him socially from time to time. All of us deplore his loss. We offer to his widow and to his daughter and five sons our profound sympathy in their great and tragic loss. Again I say on behalf of the Opposition that we hope time will help to heal the great wound which has come so early in the life of the family of the late Mr. Shaw.

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