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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - by leave - It is with very real sadness that I refer to the death on 18th November last of our colleague the Honorable Harrie Walter Wade, who was at the time of his death the Minister for Health, a Senator for Victoria and Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate. His death came to us as a shock for, despite some transient periods of illness, he was a fit looking 59 years of age and appeared to be at the peak of his powers, with the prospect of many years ahead of him for the continuance of his public service.

Senator Wadefirst came to the Senate in 1956 and immediately made his presence felt by his activities on various parliamentary committees before reaching ministerial rank in 1960. His parliamentary record shows that he was a member of the House Committee from 1956 to 1959, a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts from 1958 to 1961, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Payments to Maritime Unions in 1958, and a member of the Select Committee on Road Safety in 1959-1960. He was also a member of a Parliamentary delegation to Japan in 1958. Following this concentrated committee work, Senator Wade was appointed Minister for Air in December 1960. He held that portfolio until December 1961, when he became Minister for Health, the portfolio which he held until his death. He was a member of Cabinet from early 1964.

Senator Wade'sinterest in public life was not confined to his period of service in the National Parliament. As a wheat and wool grower in the Horsham district of Victoria he had taken an active interest in local government affairs and had served as a councillor in his local shire and in the Horsham County Council. He served also as President of the Victorian Rural Fire Brigades Association, and as State President of the Victorian Country Party from 1952 to 1954. Not confining his interests to those spheres, however, he had also been active in his church's affairs and in local football circles. Indeed, he served as President of the Central Wimmera Football League since 1955.

All of this, Mr. President, adds up to an impressive record of a man who devoted a large portion of his life to the service of others, and tallies with what we in the Senate came to know of a colleague who was unfailingly courteous and generous to those with whom he worked and came in contact. We regret deeply his passing from among us, and extend our deepest sympathy to 'his widow and son. I move -

That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death of Senator the Honorable Harrie Walter Wade, Commonwealth Minister and Senator for the State of Victoria, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service, and tenders its sincere sympathy to his widow and son in their bereavement.

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