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Wednesday, 2 September 1942

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) (Minister for the Interior) - I move -

That the following resolution be transmitted through His Excellency the GovernorGeneral to His Majesty the King: - " We, the members of the Senate in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, record our sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, and express our profound sympathy in the great loss which Your Majesty; Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent and her children, Her Majesty Queen Mary, the other members of the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom have sustained."

It is with feelings of deep regret that I submit this resolution. As honorable senators know, His Royal Highness was killed in an air accident in the north of Scotland on the 25th August, 1942, while on his way to Iceland on active service duty as Air Commodore attached to the staff of the Inspector-General of the Royal Air Force. On the 19th May, 1939, a little more than three years ago, the announcement was made that the Duke of Kent had been appointed GovernorGeneral of the Commonwealth of Australia. His residence would have been with us in this national capital, but war intervened, and it was decided that his appointment should not be implemented until peace returned to the world. His death, at the early age of 40 years, is a sad and tragic happening. It can be truly said that he died in the service of his country. His life as a member of the Royal Family, as a citizen, and as a husband and father, is eloquent testimony to the fact that the nations look in vain for any form of government or any way of life superior in its results to our British system of limited monarchy with its democratic parliamentary and other institutions. We feel very deeply for Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent and her children, who have sustained such a great personal loss - a loss which is shared by Their Majesties the King and Queen, Her Majesty Queen Mary and the other members of the Royal Family. In formally submitting the motion, I know that its terms express the feelings of every member of this Senate.

SenatorMcLEAY (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition). - I second the motion, and in doing so express, on behalf of His Majesty's Opposition in the Senate, our heartfelt concurrence in its terms. The late Duke of Kent was indeed a gallant prince. With his supreme sacrifice, while on active service, his name will be indelibly linked for all time, with those of the Empire, who have fallen in defence of all that we cherish. He was a man amongst men, and held the love and respect of the people. To all Australians his most untimely end has a particularly poignant meaning. His appointment as Governor-

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

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