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Tuesday, 10 November 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) - I second the motion. I knew the late Mr. Riordan before he entered the Queensland State Parliament, and have had the opportunity to watch his career both there and in the wider sphere of this National Parliament. I have just concluded a tour of North-western Queensland, which included 5 a considerable portion of the vast area which my friend and comrade represented in this Parliament, and I do not think I have ever previously realized so keenly how occasionally there comes out of the welter of public life and service a character which earns, not only the esteem of the people -whom he served, but their love and affection also. That does not in any way over-colour the picture. Everywhere I went, amongst' his political friends and those opposed to him, I found genuine sorrow because of the loss of a friend. Born and bred in the Queensland bush, accustomed to a life of toil and hard knocks, "Darby" Riordan had that rugged personality, that kindness to all in need, and that faithfulness in the discharge of his duty to his electorate and his electors which endeared him closely to all who knew him, and made him a prominent figure in the public life of, not only Queensland, but all Australia. I tender to hia sorrowing widow and daughters, and to all other members of his family, the sincere sympathy of myself and my colleagues of the Opposition.

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