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DEATH OF FORMER MEMBER THE HONOURABLE PETER HOWSON, CMG

The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate of the death, on 1 February 2009, of the Honourable Peter Howson, CMG, a former minister and member of the House of Representatives for the divisions of Fawkner and Casey, from 1955 to 1969 and 1969 to 1972, respectively.

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig), by leave, moved—That the Senate records its deep regret at the death, on 1 February 2009, of the Honourable Peter Howson, CMG, former federal minister and member for Fawkner and Casey, and places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

The motion was supported and all senators present stood in silence—

Question passed.