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Thursday, 28 August 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - Honorable senators will have read with regret of the tragic death yesterday of ex-Senator Charles Hardy, . who lost his life in an aeroplane accident in northern Queensland. At the time of his death he was engaged in defence work. The late Mr. Hardy was elected to the Senate, as a representative of New South Wales, at the general elections in 1931, and was a senator from 1932 to 1938. He was leader of the Country party in the Senate from October, 1935, to the 30th June, 1938. He enlisted for service in the Australian Imperial Force in 1917, and embarked for overseas with the 1st Field Company Engineers in June of that year. He was wounded in action and was also gassed, and he returned to Australia in 1919. The late Mr. Hardy will be well remembered by many members of this chamber, and I am sure that we all have a deep sense of sorrow at his untimely passing. On behalf of the Senate I extend to his widow find family our deepest sympathy. I move -

That the Senate expresses its profound regret at the tragic death of former Senator Charles Hardy, places on record its appreciation of his meritorious public service, and extends its sincere sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement.

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