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Tuesday, 24 February 1981
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Mr DOBIE —I rise to speak as a lifelong friend of Eric Robinson. Having known him since schooldays, and his wife's family and Narelle as well during that period, I stand to pay tribute to him not as a politician, not as a member of Cabinet, not even as a member of the Liberal Party, but as a friend with whom I had a friendship that was maintained over 40 years. I should like to pay tribute to the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser) and to the right honourable member for Lowe (Sir William McMahon) for the comments they have made about his family. As the Prime Minister so properly said, Eric Robinson's whole life was based upon the strength of the family security that Narelle gave to him. On behalf of the backbenchers on this side of the Parliament, I rise to say that we will miss him, not for any of the grand things that have been said but as a friend who was a lasting friend to people he knew all his life. I mourn him and pass my sympathy again to Narelle, Simon and Sarah.