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Wednesday, 2 September 1942

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) - I should not like to miss this opportunity to pay a tribute to the memory of my old friend, the late Mr. Hume-Cook. whom I knew for a great many years. Honorable senators will be glad to know that he had no declining years ; his brain was as keen within three weeks of his death as at any period during his lifetime. He worked right on to the end, and for the good work that he did I believe that he received his reward. He was a remarkable man in many ways. Although a parliamentarian, and engaged in public controversy most of his life, I do not think that he had any enemies. That was because he did not allow any controversy to become bitter. In addition to his great' work as a public man he had a flair for literature and art, and, what is somewhat unique in a public man, he even wrote a very fine book of Australian fairy tales. The community has sustained a loss in the death of a man of his calibre, and I feel a keen personal loss because of the passing of a very old friend.

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

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