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Wednesday, 28 September 1927

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [8.11]. - (By leave)- I move-

That the Senate expresses its sincere regret at the death of Senator Charles Stephen McHugh, and places on record its appreciation of his public service and extends its profound sympathy to his widow and family in their sad bereavement.

We take this the first opportunity to record our sorrow at the loss of a colleague and express our sympathy with his widow and son.

As honorable senators are aware, Senator McHugh's death occurred on the 24th July last, shortly after his arrival in Tasmania, where he had gone in the discharge of his duties as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. The deceased gentleman first became a member of the Senate in 1922. For five years he served his country as a member of this chamber, and had also rendered valuable public service outside during his association with municipal affairs in his own State, as well as in connexion with the great industrial organization in which he took a very active part.

We, who came into contact with him in the Senate, knew him as a man of brilliant intellect, as a keen debater, and as one who while fighting hard for the principles of the party which he represented, never cherished any ill-feeling towards those who held opposing views. It is indeed sad that Senator McHugh should have died while yet a comparatively young man with a promising career before him. I am sure that honorable senators will join with me in expressing our sense of the loss which the Senate and the country have sustained through his death, and in tendering our' deepest sympathy to those who are left behind.

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