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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandMinister for the Interior) (Minister for the Interior) - Once again the occasion has arisen for us to voice our regret at the death of one who was a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, in this instance a sitting member, the late Senator Edward Bertram Johnston, whose untimely death occurred last Sunday. He was 62 years of age, and it is noteworthy that, he had devoted 31 years - just half of his life-time - to the service of the public as a member of Parliament. In hiscarly manhood the late Senator Johnston, after a short period in the Public Service of Western Australia, decided to go on the land, and was engaged in farming pursuits when he first entered State politics in 1911.. With the exception of one brief interlude, he sat as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia until 1928, when he retired in order to contest the federal elections as a candidate for the Senate. During the last six years of his term of office in the Legislative Assembly in Western Australia, he was Deputy Leader of theCountry party. He also held the high office of Speaker of that House, though only for a few days.

The late senator's term of office in the Commonwealth Parliament commenced in 1929, and it can be truly said that he died inharness. Of his service in this chamber, I may mention that for ten years he was a member of the Standing Orders Committee. He also served as a member of the Joint Committee on Rural Industries. In these days of storm and stress, when membership of this National Parliament places ever greater responsibilities upon each one ofus,I feel that it is particularly appropriate that we voice our sincere appreciation of the public service so ungrudgingly rendered by our late colleague, and declare our deep sympathy with his bereaved loved ones. I move -

That the Senate expresses its profound regret at the death of Senator Edward Bertram Johnston, a representative of the State of Western Australia and formerly a member of the Western Australian Parliament, places on record its appreciation of hismeritorious public service, and tenders its sincere sympathy to his widow and children in their bereavement.

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