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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1472


Mr KATTER (Kennedy) - Cloncurry is my home town, Cloncurry is where the Royal Flying Doctor Service was founded, and it is not commonly known that Sir Arthur Fadden played a most profound part in the stimulation of interest in the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He and Lady Fadden personally supported it and some mention should be made of that fact. I remember that soon after my election to Parliament Artie Fadden gave me one of those lectures one receives occasionally on what to do when you get to Canberra. He said: 'Now look, boy, before you ever get on your feet do a bit of thinking'. Honourable members opposite are interjecting but I will make my point. He immediately prodded me in the chest and said: 'Talking about thinking, Bob, did you hear the one about Hughenden?' I said: 'Well, Artie, I have heard many jokes about Hughenden', which is in the electorate of Kennedy. He said: 'It is about a little old fellow. Do you remember in the old days there used to be little old pubs with seats in the front where you would find little old blokes with stained whiskers, with pipes in their mouths, looking into the distance, appearing to be thinking profoundly?' He said to me: 'Do not let people know you are thinking. Anyhow, one day a bloke staggered out of one of these pubs, hauled off and flattened one of these poor old blokes, saying to him as he lay in the dust: "Huh, one of them thinkin' bastards".' So I would like to add my tribute to Sir Arthur Fadden for his great contribution to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.







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