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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Like Senator Johnston, I was for six years a colleague of the late ex-Senator Daly in this chamber; but, long before he entered the Senate, I knew him in my professional life, where he rose, as the Leader of the Opposition (Senator

McLeay) has pointed out, from a very humble beginning. By force of that individualism which is, unfortunately, rapidly disappearing from our midst, and by force of character and sheer determination, fighting against those odds which made themselves felt - the odds of ill health, in his latter days - he strove with success to become one of the bright lights in the legal profession in South Australia. I pay my tribute to him as a man and as an individual. We were on different political sides in this chamber, but he fought with a deftness of mind which made an appeal to a large number of us. We did not always agree with him politically, but he fought strenuously for his party and he also fought his party strenuously when, in his conscience, and in the interests of the country, he thought his party was wrong. He was a strong individualist and a man of firm character. He had a great mind, and it is lamentable that a man of his parts, with whatever party he may have been affiliated, should have come to his end so early in his career. He had many of those qualities which are essential in the world to-day. He laboured under the disability of an undermined constitution, which exhibited itself from time to time in this chamber. We often sat for many hours at a time, and we realized dien that he was suffering gravely. That disability, in the end, led to his death. He attained a great reputation in certain circles for his knowledge of industrial law, and he obtained the reputation in this chamber to which reference has been made this afternoon. All we can do is to join with the Leader of the Senate in whatever measure of comfort those left behind may gain from a motion of condolence. I heartily support the motion.

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