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Wednesday, 20 August 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - It is with regret that I announce the death of another former member of the first Commonwealth Parliament, the late Honorable JamesGeorge Drake, who died in Queensland on the 1st August. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Enoggera in 1888, which seat he held until 1899, when he was appointed Postmaster-General and Secretary for Public Instruction. In 1901, he was elected to the Senate as a representative for Queensland, and in that year be was a member of the Select Committee on Steamship Communication between Australia and Tasmania. He was Postmaster-General in the first Commonwealth Ministry, and held that office until August, 1903. He was Minister for Defence in August and September, 1903, and was Attorney-General from September, 1903, to April, 1904. He was also Vice-President of the Executive Council from August, 1904, to July, 1905. He retired from Commonwealth politics on the expiration of the second Parliament in 1906. The late Mr. Drake was a member, not only of the First Commonwealth Parliament, but also of the first Commonwealth Government. On behalf of the Senate I extend to the members of his family our deepest sympathy. I move -

That the Senate expresses its sincere regret at the death of the Honorable James George Drake, former Senator and Commonwealth Minister, places on record its appreciation of his meritorious public service, and tenders its sincere sympathy to the members of his family in their bereavement.

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