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Tuesday, 2 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - It may seem somewhat inappropriate for me to add to what has already been said concerning the death of the Honorable T. J. Ryan j but before I conclude I hope to supply a special reason for expressing my regret and sympathy concerning the death of our late friend. His death has come upon us with the suddenness of a thunder-clap. A few days ago - in fact, only a few hours ago - the late Mr. Ryan was full of life and spirit and abounding hopes for the future; but he is now no more. His death brings forcibly homo to us the uncertainty of life and the slender thread which binds us to this fleeting and uncertain existence. He has gone, and all that has been said concerning both his private and political capacity I fully indorse. For those he has left, including his faithful wife, we have nothing but the deepest sympathy. Like a true and" devoted woman, she was beside her husband in life, and she was also at her place in the hour of death. We can only trust that the High Providence will guard those he has left and the spirit of the departed dead.

The special reason why I wish to add my expression of sympathy is this: If I may be pardoned for sounding a personal note, I may say that I recall the fact that during recent years I adopted a certain attitude in the public life of this country which brought me words of approval from many people, but which, on the other hand, caused feelings of bitter resentment. But, notwithstanding that, so long as- 1 have known the late Mr. Ryan, both as Premier of Queensland, when I was as much with him as I was later on against him, and in later years, during which there has been a change in our political beliefs, there has been no change in our personal relationship. When I had. the experience of treading the high road of liberty, I always found in the late Mr. Ryan not only unasked uniform courtesy, but one who made the high road to liberty easier, 'and as regards the right to think fully and independently, one who also made it safer for future generations to tread. In the death of Mr. Ryan a gaping breach has been made in the public life of this country, and because of the friendly handshake with -which, he has always greeted rae, I have been prompted to offer my personal appreciation of one -who -was a good citizen, a scholar, and an honorable public man.

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

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