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Wednesday, 20 August 1941

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) - The Country party desires to be associated with this expression of regret at the passing of a member of the first Commonwealth Parliament, and extends its sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. The winning of a seat in the first Commonwealth Parliament was a greater achievement than that of being elected to this Parliament in later years, because, in the earliest days of federation, there were no party labels, and before a candidate could be electedhe required the support of a vast number ofthe electors in his constituency. That accomplishment stood to the credit of the late Mr. Ronald. I was not associated with him in political life, and had met him only on several occasions. He is probably the only clergyman who has ever won a seat in either branch of the Commonwealth legislature.Our sympathy goes out to the relatives of the deceased.

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

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