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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
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Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - On behalf of the Australian Labor Party 1 fully endorse the remarks of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) and support the motion. By any standards, Sir Owen Dixon was a great Australian. His death on 7th July took from us a man whose legal eminence was such that he was regarded by many as the greatest judge in the English speaking world. He was a member of the High Court of Australia for 35 years until his retirement in 1964. For 12 of those years, he was Chief Justice. His pre-eminent positron was illustrated by the words of his successor, Sir Garfield Barwick, in a tribute paid in the High Court in Melbourne on 25th July. Sir Garfield said:

As scholar, lawyer, judge, administrator and diplomat he must rank wilh Australia's greatest sons. By unremitting pursuit of excellence he brought fame to himself, authority to this Court and distinction to Australia. He won for himself universal acclaim throughout the English speaking world as a great master of the common law and as a leading jurist in the British Commonwealth.

Yet this man who towered amongst his contempories was a gentle, kind, courteous and patient man. He was kindly, especially to the young lawyers who sought his advice and to those who came before him in the Court. He was always courteous not only to lawyers but also to litigants who sometimes appeared in person before the High Court. He exhibited in every way the attributes which we regard as being essential to the judicial approach to affairs. He possessed a retiring disposition, but to those who knew him well he was a man of very great friendship, a man who was loved very much by all who knew him. It is wonderful that a man of such quality, such great attainment and of such fame throughout the world lost none of the modesty of a gentleman and of a scholar. His work on behalf of Australia was not







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