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Tuesday, 16 March 1965


Senator KENNELLY (Victoria) - I second the motion and I thank my leader, Senator McKenna, for the opportunity of so doing, not only on my own behalf but also on behalf of all the members of the Australian Labour Party. The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Paltridge) has mentioned the many important offices held by Senator Wade during the time he was a member of this chamber. Therefore, I shall not repeat them. However, one of the main things which impressed me about him was the wide range of his interests. Some of them have been mentioned by the Minister. The late senator was deeply interested in practically all the affairs in the area in which he lived. He took a very close interest in local government matters, the fire brigade, the agricultural society, music through the medium of the local band, and also the schools in and around Horsham. In all these spheres he not merely acted in an honorary capacity but also took a keen personal interest. The bodies themselves benefited considerably from his help and advice.

In addition to his services to the local community he was keenly interested in sport. He was President of the Central Wimmera Football League. His nephew. Doug. Wade, is rather renowned in Victorian Football League affairs. Being a very strong supporter of the Geelong team, Senator Wade no doubt had a great interest in the performances of bis nephew for that team, which, one may say in passing, is one of the very strong teams in the Victorian Football League.

Senator Wadewas interested for many years in the political life of this country.

He played a leading role in the affairs of the Australian Country Party in Victoria.- He was an official df that party for some years and later rose to the rank of Victorian Chief President.

When he was elected to the Senate his abilities gave him quick promotion. It was not long before he attained Cabinet rank and became the Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate. As a member of the Opposition, I always admired and respected the late senator as an able and competent man who quickly learned the pitfalls associated with ministerial responsibility. I never found 'him to be evasive or unwilling to give frank answers to any questions put to him by honorable senators on either side of this chamber. My contacts with him outside the Senate were limited but I must say that I found him likeable, reasonable and understanding. He was truly a hard opponent but he was a fair one, and I respected him greatly for that.

The death of Senator Wade has been a great loss to the Government and to this Parliament. I should like to extend to his widow and family the very sincere sympathy of all members of the Australian Labour Party. As well as being a tragedy to his family, his death is a loss to the State of Victoria, to the National Parliament and, above all, to the people of Australia.







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