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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Prime Minister) . - Mr. Speaker, a distinguished former member of this House who had been with us until very recent years, Albert Victor Thompson, died in Adelaide on 13th January. The late Bert Thompson was a great stalwart of the Australian Labour Party. He began his political career in State politics in South Australia and was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in 1930. Sixteen years later he resigned from the House of Assembly in order to stand for election to the Federal Parliament. He was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1946 election. He represented the seat of Hindmarsh until the redistribution of electorates, when he became the member for Port Adelaide. He represented his electorate faithfully and conscientiously in this House until his retirement in 1963. Bert Thompson was a most popular and highly regarded member of this chamber. I do not think one would have found a hostile thought in anyone's mind directed towards him. He was Temporary Chairman of Committees from 1 950 to 1954. He was Vice-Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee for a number of years. He was a member of the Australian delegation to the Fiftieth Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Brussels in 1961.

I am sure that all who knew Bert Thompson - that goes for most of the members assembled here today - recall him particularly for his evident sincerity, his integrity and the warmth -of his personal friendship. He had an innate dignity of manner about him, a fine presence. He was an adornment to the Parliament and a most worthy representative of his own parliamentary party. He was respected and liked by us all. We offer our sympathy to his widow, his two sons and his four daughters in the loss of their distinguished husband ;and father.

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