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Tuesday, 10 November 1964

Senator BRANSON (Western Australia) - I should like to associate myself with the motion. I know that I speak also on behalf of Senator Scott, who is absent from the Senate today. I had known Seddon for the best part of my life, because we were born in the town of Leonora. He always had a great and abiding faith not only in gold as gold but also in the goldfields of Western Australia and in the industry generally. If ever you wanted to arouse dear old Seddon's ire you only had to say that gold intrinsically was not worth very much. It was a pleasure then to sit back and listen to him talk about gold and its real worth.

It has been mentioned that he and his wife, Freda, gave so much of their time - and Seddon was a very busy man all his life - to the theatre and the arts generally. I am sure that there are many people in Kalgoorlie today who will be remembering Seddon for the contribution that he made in those spheres. I always regarded it as a great privilege to be in this Senate when a Minister, who was in charge of a complicated bill in which law was involved, was in difficulties. Seddon always would loyally support and help the Minister. His complete loyalty to the Government and to the Ministers I always noted with a great deal of pride as a fellow Western Australian. My sympathy goes to Freda and his other relatives.

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

Senator Paltridge - Mr. Deputy President, I sugggest that as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Senator Vincent, the sitting of the Senate be suspended until 8 p.m.

Sitting suspended from 3.50 to 8 p.m.

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