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Tuesday, 8 March 1966


Mr CLEAVER (Swan) - Mr. Speaker, I also wish to offer a tribute to the late Mr. Thompson, not as a fellow member of the same party, but as one who had the privilege of working with him on a parliamentary committee. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) referred to Mr. Thompson's outstanding service on the Public Accounts Committee. My remarks will be related to that service. Mr. Thompson's voice was a strong one indeed in this chamber, not only in its tremendous volume, which none of us will ever forget, but in the intensity with which he was glad to raise it in the interests of the parliamentary institution. Because of his service on the Public Accounts Committee, when that Committee presented to the Parliament its 66th report, just after Mr. Thompson retired from the service of the House, it said -

Albert Victor Thompson was a dedicated member of the Committee. He advocated constantly the value of its work in respect of the preservation of the rights of Parliament. As a foundation Committee member, from 25th September 1952, he continued to serve until his retirement from the House of Representatives at the end of the Twenty-fourth Parliament. He was appointed Vict-Chairman on 22nd March 1956-

He continued in that position until the time of his retirement - and in this capacity contributed distinguished and valuable leadership.

On behalf of the many senators and members who were associated with this parliamentary colleague, who sat with him as a member of the important Accounts Committee, I am happy indeed to pay these few words of tribute and to associate myself with the Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Holt) and other leaders in our genuine expressions of sympathy.







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