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PRIME MINISTER

 

10 October 1999

 

MORRIS WEST

 

The death of Morris West at the age of 83 takes from the Australian literary scene one of its greatest contributors.

 

Morris West was in many ways the foremost Australian novelist of his time. Few were as p rodigious.

 

In a writing career which spanned almost fifty years his books were widely read and warmly received not only here in Australia but throughout the world. As well as the loyalty of his readers he was the recipient of many literary awards.

 

Morris West served in the Australian Army during World War II and as Secretary to the Right Hon Billy Hughes.

 

Perhaps his best loved novel and one of his earliest was Children of the Sun which centred upon the children of the then impoverished Naples in southern Italy.

 

The themes of so many of his works were laced with the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church to which he remained a devoted if not uncritical adherent until his death.

 

Morris West was never afraid to speak his mind on controversial public issues. He frequently entered public debate with the passion and conviction so evident in his writing.

 

He had a full, rewarding and eventful life, On behalf of the government I extend to his widow Joyce and their children our sympathy on their loss.

 

 

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