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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - The Opposition supports the remarks of the Prime Minister and appreciates his eloquent tribute to the memory of William James Scully. The Prime Minister referred to the late Mr. Scully by the name by which we all knew him - Bill Scully. Everybody who was in the Parliament in those days - there are not many of us here now - respected Bill Scully's integrity and admired him for his simple, humble, forthright manner. Ben Chifley spoke of him with great affection. Among other things, Bill Scully at one time in his life was a horse dealer and Ben Chifley said of him that he was the most honest horse dealer he had ever met. Anybody who knew Bill Scully realised how goodness exuded from him. He was kindly, tolerant and generous in all the things he said and did.

Everything that the Prime Minister has said about Bill Scully is completely true. He did a job for Australia in those difficult years of war. History alone will tell all that was done in that period from 1939 to 1945. Not only had we to provide munitions and food, but we also had to clothe and equip an expeditionary force. This was not easy to do with a continually dwindling rural population, but Bill Scully devoted himself with great assiduity to the task of increasing production. I would not like to appropriate to one man the credit for all of the things that were done from 1941 to 1945 in the field of agriculture. However, I remember meeting General MacArthur in New York three months before he died, and he said that he would never forget the great effort Australia made in supplying food for the American forces under his command. I remember his saying that Australia not only gave him all that he wanted but also provided Admiral Nimitz, who died recently, with more supplies than he got from the United States. That was a great tribute to Australia's war effort. In his way, Bill Scully helped in the successful promotion of the war effort. Australia owes him a debt of gratitude. I join with the Prime Minister in offering sympathy to Bill Scully's widow and family. He was in Canberra only a year or two ago, meeting a number of old friends. He had hoped to come back here where I think he did his best work and where he always felt at home.

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