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Death of Lord Casey



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Leader of the*, Opposition

No. 37

STATEMENT BY HON. E.G, WHITLAM, Q.C., M.P,

I w a s 'grieved to learn of Lord C a s e y 1s death. He was

the most distinguished, far-sighted and accomplished Liberal

Foreign Minister Australia has produced in the post-war era,

and internationally one of the most eminent Australians of

his generation. . .

Lord Casey was one of the first Australian statesmen

to recognise the importance of Asia to Australia. His-great

achievement during his nine years as Foreign Minister from

1951 to 1960 was to establish a secure and lasting goodwill

between Australia and Asian nations - a 'foundation of friendship

which was to survive £he' heavy stresses placed upon it

throughout the 1960's.

The Queen m a d e .Lord Casey a Knight of the Garter -

the highest honour she can award on her own initiative and

the most ancient secular honour still awarded in the world.

. . Between 1965 and 1969 he brought distinction to the

post, of Governor-General,' upholding-at all times the best

traditions of the office · and commanding the' respect and

affection of the whole community. . · .

On behalf of the Australian Labor Party I extend to

Lady Casey, herself a figure of public distinction and

personal attainment, and to other members of Lord Casey's

family our deep sympathy in the loss which they and the

nation have sustained. .

18 June 1976

Parliament H ouse. Canberra, A C T: 2 6 0 0