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Friday, 6 December 1935

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) . - I willingly second the motion, though I deeply regret theoccasion for it. No event in recent years has moved the people of Australia to more profound sorrow than has the loss of the two airmen to whom this motion refers. It is not necessary for me to express admiration of the wonderful achievements of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. They were admirably covered in the eulogy delivered by the Leader of the Government (Senator Pearce). It seems that always the heroes of the air make just one night too many, and then we have to mourn their passing. I am sure that all honorable senators, and those whom they represent - the people of Australia - will support this motion, which records our regret at the passing of two great aviators, and our sympathy with their families who must have suffered intensely during the last four weeks.

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