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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr RYAN (West Sydney) .- I rise to second the motion of the Acting. Prime Minister, and to indorse his remarks about our deceased friend and comrade. It falls to my lot to express the profound regret, not only of his own colleagues, the members of the Commonwealth Labour party, but of all the State Labour parties and of the whole Labour movement throughout Australia. He was a close personal friend of mine for many years, and I mourn his loss as' that of a very dear comrade, .who stood by me in many a hard-fought fight. We all know that Mr. Page was a staunch battler for Labour from its earliest days, and took a large part in blazing the track which led to its success in many spheres. As the Acting Prime Minister has said, he held the respect not only of his supporters but also of his opponents, because he was a fair fighter, and always played the game. It is but a few hours since he was with us, bright, cheerful, and full of fight. Yesterday afternoon, when an adjournment motion was spoken of, he interjected, " I will give you an adjournment to-morrow." He has given it to us, Mr. Deputy Speaker! Such happenings as this should incline us to: think more kindly and generously of one another in political life. - The suddenmess of his death makes us realize what frail creatures we are ; it should certainly make lis feel humble when we are shown how, truly, in the midst of life we are in death. Words fail to adequately express my feelings on this occasion, and I content myself with extending my sympathy to his son and other relatives in their bereavement.

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