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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade and Industry) . - I" would like, on behalf of myself and my colleagues, to join in the motion before the House. The death of George Shaw has removed from the ranks of my Party and from the membership of the House a man who was competent to speak with great personal knowledge and ability on the issues of Australia's great sugar industry. He had spent his whole life within the sugar industry. He started working in a sugar mill at the age of 22. He was mill secretary at the Cattle Creek sugar mill. His excellent work was so well recognised that he earned very rapid promotion and became manager of the great Farleigh sugar mill. He served his own mill, he served the sugar industry and he served his district well when his talents were devoted exclusively to the affairs of the sugar industry. Mr. Shaw came into this House at the request of many who wanted to have within the ranks of the Parliament men with deep personal knowledge of this industry. It is a. sad thing that it was not his fate to be allowed to remain here longer to communicate to the Parliament his great knowledge and his wise advice on matters concerning this industry. He was, as I think has been said, a very practical, down to earth man. He was always deferred to as a man who knew what he was talking about and who never spoke on an issue on which he was not competent to speak. His passing is a matter of great sadness for the members of my Party and great sadness within the . sugar industry. I. am sure, that the fact that he has been taken is greatly regretted throughout this Parliament. Our sympathy goes to Mrs. Shaw and to the family in their great loss.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable members standing in their places.

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