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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator MCKELLAR (New South Wales) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I join with the previous speakers in supporting the condolence motion that is now before the Chair. 1 do not suppose that anyone in this Senate was closer to the late Senator Harrie Wade than I was. I came into this Parliament in 1959 and I shared a room with him. Until he went into the Ministry, we sat alongside each other in this Chamber. I came to recognise what a square deal one could expect from him. He was the essence of integrity, a straight shooter, an upright man and a very good Australian.

He was born at Clear Lake in the Wimmera in 1905 and was a school teacher before going on the land. As has been stated, he is survived by his widow and a son. Senator Paltridge and the spokesman for the Opposition have detailed certain aspects of his career. Perhaps I can add that he was a wool and wheat grower in the Wimmera district and a member of the

Australian Country Party for some 26 years. As also has been said, he was eventually elected to the position of Chief President of the Victorian Branch of the Party. He occupi d that position from 1952 to 1954. He was also Chairman of the Horsham City Water Trust.

The untimely death of Senator Wade was, of course, unexpected by most of us. We knew that he had been ill, but he seemed to be effecting a recovery. I recall very vividly that either in the late hours of 17 th November last or in the early hours of the day of his death - 1 8th November - I rose on behalf of the Australian Country Party and expressed the hope that it would not be long before our Leader, Senator Wade, was back with us. I left this place in the early hours of 18th November and When I arrived at Mascot after visiting the country I was very deeply shocked indeed to receive a message telling me that Senator Wade had passed away.

I join with the Leader of the Government and the spokesman for the Opposition in extending condolences to Senator Wade's sorrowing widow and son. I share in their sorrow at the loss of one whom we have loved long since and lost awhile.

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