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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1235

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Leader of the Australian Country Party) - I should like to associate the Australian Country Party with the expressions of condolence of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to Sir John Kerr, our Governor-General, and to express our sorrow at the sad loss of his wife. He was appointed as Governor-General during a period of her illness but she showed enormous courage in not weakening for one moment during his promotion to that very high office. She was a lady who devoted her life to helping other people. She had enormous ideals and was a great example to the nation. In particular, she was very concerned with the preservation and the strengthening of the family as the foundation of our society. The circumstances are particularly sad in that Sir John lost his wife so soon after assuming his important position. The office of GovernorGeneral is indeed a lonely one but is now made ever so much more lonely for Sir John in not having his partner. Our sympathy goes to Sir John with our understanding of the very sad position that he is in at the moment.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable members standing in their places.

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