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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- May I be permitted to indorse the sentiments expressed by previous speakers. From the time I entered, this House, I knew Mr. Page, both as colleague and as close friend; and I remember the good advice and valuable assistance he. was ever ready to give me. I always admired Mr. Page for his big-heartedness Whatever differences of opinion there may be from time to time in connexion with the performance of our duties, no one was quicker to forget and forgive than our late friend. He was full of the milk of human kindness, always generous in his endeavours to assist others; indeed, it seems to me that he lived to better the lot of all with, whom he came in contact. Mr. Page lived a useful, political life, both State and Commonwealth. He worked in the interests of the community ; and whatever our political feelings may be, we respect a man who has the courage of his opinions, and is prepared to stand by them, irrespective of consequences., I do not think we could have a man of finer character than the late Mr. Page. Like other public representatives, I have in my time met many men whom I admire, but I can say, without the slightest hesitation, that no man stands higher in my estimation than did the late James Page. As a friend, I shall certainly miss him while I -remain here, and I think he will be missed by all honorable members. I remember how full of life and fight he was last night, when an all-night sitting was anticipated. I am glad that an all-night sitting did not occur; and I venture to express the hope that we shall, as far as possible, dispense with such sittings as very trying to the health. As I have said, our deceased friend last evening was full of fight, and said to me, " Charlton, I will be with you until tomorrow ; I w'ill see you through as far as this fight is concerned," plainly showing that at that time, so far as he knew, his health was all that might be desired, and that he was anxious to continue here and do his duty in this Chamber. Then to get the startling news this morning that he had been found dead in his bed was a blow to every one of us, a shock which none of us expected to .receive. I realize the great loss that his death will be to our movement, and how difficult it is to replace a man of his calibre. I extend my sincerest sympathy to his relatives and friends in the great bereavement which they have sustained.

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