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Tuesday, 10 November 1964


Senator McKENNA (Tasmania) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I second the motion moved by the Leader of the Government (Senator Paltridge). I do so on behalf of all members of the Australian Labour Party in the Senate. We on this side deeply regret the premature passing of Senator Vincent at Perth yesterday at the age of 56 years. I find it hard to realise he was with us in the Senate only a few short weeks ago.

The late senator gave generously of himself in service to the public. Senator Paltridge outlined, in the splendid tribute he paid to the late senator, the work that be did. I summarise by saying that he served at the municipal level, on many public bodies, in the Royal Australian Air

Force during the last war, and as a senator in the National Parliament for the past 14 years. His term was marked by his readiness to engage in the work of important committees - work which made heavy demands on his time when the Parliament was in recess. The highlight of his career was his chairmanship of the Senate Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television. He displayed enormous drive and capacity in guiding that Committee to the production in October 1963 of a report for which not only the Senate but the whole nation should be grateful. That report will be a lasting monument to his memory and his courage. AH the time the Committee was operating he was seriously affected by the illness which has now caused bis death.

He was most knowledgeable in the wide range of matters that come before the National Parliament. He participated freely in Senate discussions and established himself as a very keen debater. He was respected by all of us. Those who knew him best respected him most. On behalf of my colleagues of the Opposition I extend deep sympathy to his widow, to his relatives and to his sorrowing friends.







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