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Monday, 11 November 1991
Page: 2816

Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —I move:

  That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death on 9 November 1991 of former Senator Lawrence Degenhardt Wilkinson, Senator for the State of Western Australia from 1966 to 1974, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Lawrence Wilkinson was born on 12 November 1903 at Fremantle, Western Australia. He was educated at Perth Modern School and the University of Adelaide. Before entering Federal Parliament he spent some time as a dairy farmer, then worked for many years in the Postmaster-General's Department as a telecommunications engineer, and subsequently acquired a sheep and cattle grazing property.

  Former Senator Wilkinson entered Federal Parliament in 1966 as senator for Western Australia filling one of two casual vacancies. He was re-elected in 1967 and remained until his retirement in 1974. During his time here in the Senate he was a member and Chairman of the then Committee on Primary and Secondary Industry and Trade, member of the Standing Orders Committee and member of the Committee on Foreign Ownership and Control. From 1973 to 1974 he was Temporary Chairman of Committees. He was also a delegation member on parliamentary visits to Japan and Korea in 1972, China in 1973 and South East Asia in 1974.

  Lawrence Wilkinson served this Parliament well and I would reiterate the words of the then Leader of the Government in a valedictory speech given when Lawrence Wilkinson retired: `He has worked quietly and assiduously in the best traditions of this Parliament'. On behalf of this Government, I extend our sincere sympathy to his family in their bereavement.