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Wednesday, 2 September 1942

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I desire to second the motion, and to express the concurrence of honorable senators on this side with what has been said by the Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) concerning the late Honorable James Hume-Cook. He died at the age of 76, after more than 50 years in public life. Not only the parliamentary sphere, but also civic administration received the benefit of his exceptional knowledge. He was Mayor of Brunswick, Victoria, for a term. He also displayed considerable interest in other matters of public importance, such as health and youth movements.

Mr. Hume Cook'slife was dedicated to the service of the people, and this spirit of sacrifice is further reflected in the fact that his eldest son, Keith, is at present serving in the Royal Australian Air Force abroad, whilst Kevyn, his second son, has been reported as missing in the Malayan campaign. I came in contact personally with the late gentleman on numerous occasions, and his keen enthusiasm in all matters of public interest was particularly noticeable. The Opposition supports the motion and joins iri expressing sympathy to the widow and children of the deceased gentleman.

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