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Wednesday, 29 April 1942


Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - As one who was associated with the late ex-S'enator Daly when he was a Minister in the Scullin Government, and who knew him in the active industrial sphere, I add my tribute to the memory of a great man. I believe that of all the industrial men I met in the arbitration courts, ex-Senator Daly was at least the equal of any. He had risen to high positions solely through his own efforts, and, as

Senator Johnstonhas said, he held ministerial office during one of the darkest periods in the history of Australia and of the Labour movement. Despite the fact that he crashed on some Labour legislation, when the Labour movement was in a parlous condition he was always ready to take a brief without any hope of fees, and he handled cases on behalf of the Labour party in a skilful manner. I was an advocate in the memorable " hours " case, when the hours of labour were reduced from 48 to 44 a week, and on that occasion the late ex-Senator Daly represented the South Australian Labour government. Despite the fact that he had merely a listening brief, counsel on our side received very sound advice from him. I also remember the ability displayed by him in this chamber. I endorse all that has been said about his strong personality, which was largely responsible for the passage of certain Labour legislation at a time when the Labour party was in a minority in this chamber. His passing is to be regretted, and I offer my deepest sympathy to bis widow and family. Australia and the Labour party are the poorer for the passing of John Daly.

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







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