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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - ] would like to associate the Australian Labor Party with the expression of sympathy to the widow and family of the late Mr Joshua. Mr Joshua was twice elected to this House, on each occasion as a member of my Party.

He was a leading participant in the momentous events of 15 years ago which led to a very sharp change in party allegiances in Australia in that decade. Severance from one's Party is the ultimate act for a politician. Its political and personal consequences are so profound that one does not question the sincerity of those who feel obliged to make such a decision, however one may judge the decision itself. Those few of us who were in the House in those days - and we are few - will recall that the late Bob Joshua did hold himself aloof from the extremes of bitterness and vituperation which characterised these tempestuous times. He had served Australia with very great gallantry during the war. It was through an extraordinary turn of political events and through no lack of personal qualities that his service to the country in this Parliament was ended so many years before his passing.

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