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Wednesday, 28 September 1927


Senator HOARE (South Australia) . - I wish to express my sympathy with the relatives of my late colleague who for some years took a very prominent port in public affairs, not only in this House, in which he was a representative of South Australia, but also in other spheres. The late senator, who always evinced a keen interest in the welfare of his State, was once an alderman in the Thebarton Council South Australia, and was also the first Labour Prime Minister iu a Model Parliament in that State. As the Acting Leader of the Senate (Senator Glasgow) said, he was an able debater, and displayed great interest In all business that caine before this chamber. He showed his capacity in many ways and the Parliament and the people of Australia will be the poorer by the loss of a man of such outstanding ability. Among his many sterling qualities was his unfailing good feeling towards all with whom he came in contact. He was particularly the friend of those who might bo termed the " down and outs," and his hand was always in his pocket for the purpose of extending help to them. His death came as a profound shock to his many friends, since he was in the prime of life and apparently had before him many years of useful public service. His sudden passing away emphasises once again the truth of the words that "in the midst of life we are in death." As Senator Kingsmill has observed, our late brother senator had none of those near and dear to him at hand when he set out on the long journey from which no traveller returns. To his widow and son we extend dux heartfelt sympathy in their sore bereavement. We deplore the death of such a young and able man ; but we may take some com ort from the knowledge that his widow is not in need. Her parents are in comfortable circumstances, but that, of course, will not make up for the loss of a kind husband and indulgent father. I join with other honorable senators in-expressing my sincere regret at the death of a colleague, and in extending my sympathy to his widow and son.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. Sir John Newlands). - As a colleague of the deceased senator, I may, perhaps, be pardoned for adding a few words to what has been said concerning him. I join with those who have already spoken in voicing the deep regret we feel at the passing of so young a man; and I agree also, with what has been said as to Senator McHugh's ability and promise as a legislator. It is particularly regrettable that death should have come to our colleague when he was far removed from those who were near and dear to him. That fact, I know, iB felt most keenly by his family, with the members of whom I am intimately acquainted. Wo all join in expressing our sympathy with the widow and aged father and mother, ob well. as with the other relatives who have been thus bereaved. Senator Sir Henry Barwell and I rendered the last service that can be extended to a follow-being by attending the funeral of the deceased gentle- man, Senator Barwell acting as the representative of the Government, and I as the representative of the Parliament of Australia. We deplore his death and deeply sympathise with his bereaved widow and son.

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

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence).As a mark of respect to the late honorable senator, I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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