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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator MCKELLAR (New South Wales) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I associate the Australian Country Party with the sentiments which have been expressed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Paltridge) and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McKenna) about that wonderful Britisher, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. My admiration for Churchill began after reading his book " Twenty Years After " many years before the Second World War. That admiration grew over the years. It is a matter for regret that we in Australia did not have the pleasure of a visit by him.

During his 90 years this man Churchill saw six monarchs come and go. So much has been said about him over the past few months that very little remains to be said. In common with many thousands of Australians, I am very pleased indeed that the contributions to the Churchill Memorial Trust Fund are approximately double the target that was set. To paraphrase a famous statement, seldom have so many owed so much to one man.

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