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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr GREGORY (Dampier) .- It is with the deepest regret that I rise to support the motion moved by the Acting Prime Minister (Sir Joseph Cook). Although I have not been many years in this House, I have been here long enough to greatly appreciate the qualities of our departed friend. I think I am speaking not only for every member of the Country party, but for every honorable member of the House, when I say we admired his wonderful spirits, jovial nature, and yet earnest devotion to the principles he espoused. As the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan) has said, the late member, though a great fighter, was always a fair one. The news we have received this morning is tragic and astounding. Mr. Page was here with us yesterday full of life and vigour, and to-day we know that he is no more. I must content myself with, in a somewhat feeble manner, indorsing the remarks of those who have preceded me, in the hope that our words may bring some comfort to those whom our deceased friend has left behind.

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