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Tuesday, 24 August 1937

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) . - by leave - I move -

That this Semite expresses its deep regret at the deathl of the Hon. Arthur Bruce Smith, K.C, a former member of the New South Wales and Commonwealth Parliaments, and a former State Minister, places on record its appreciation of his valuable public service, and tenders its deep sympathy to the members of his family in their bereavement.

The late honorable gentleman had a most distinguished career. He first entered Parliament in 1882, as the member for Gundagai in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. For a short period he retired from Parliament, but in 1889 he again sought election and became the representative of Glebe for five years. He attained ministerial rank as Minister for Public Works in the last ministry of Sir Henry Parkes. Upon the inauguration of the Commonwealth, he transferred to the federal sphere, and was the representative of Parkes in the House of Representatives until the general election of 1919. The late honorable gentleman was one of the older generation of parliamentarians who preceded federation and took part in the campaign for and against the union. He was not so well known to the younger generation, but those of us who were in the earlier parliaments remember him as an outstanding personality. He entered the Federal Parliament at a time when the political opinions of all parties were undergoing radical changes because of altering circumstances in a changing world. Mr. Bruce Smith, however, adhered steadfastly to the opinions that he had always held, and was convinced that the political ills which befell us were due to our having strayed from the path which he had followed with courage and persistence. At the advanced age of 86 years, a man of remarkable personality has passed away and it is fitting that we should pay this tribute to his memory.

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