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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1208

Senator POKE (Tasmania) - I should like to be associated with this motion. Charles Lamp was known to me over many years. In fact, the members of the Lamp family were family friends. My first close association with Charles Lamp was in the latter part of his parliamentary career. I was the secretary of his committee in the year in which he was defeated in the Senate election. I had another very close association with Charles Lamp when I was President of the Tasmanian Trade Union Council. At that time, Charles Lamp, in addition to being Secretary of the Launceston Trades Hall Council, as mentioned by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson), was also the Secretary of the Tasmanian Trade Union Council. J. could pay no higher tribute to Charles Lamp than to say that he was one of the best trade union secretaries that it was my pleasure to work with during the period that 1 was the President of that Council. 1 join with Senator O'Byrne in extending my sympathy to his son, Charles, and to his daughter, Elsie, who is married and in Canada. 1 note also that Charles Lamp's widow is still a member of the Slate Executive of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Labor Party. She is very active and has kept members of the Executive informed of Charles Lamp's health over the past few months. I wish to bring out one other interesting factor in regard to Charles Lamp's life. In 1947-48 he was the chairman of a committee which investigated the setting up of parliamentary offices in Hobart. It was he who, as the chairman of that committee, brought forward a report on the purchase of a block of ground in Hobart for that purpose. All in all, one can say that Tasmania will be the poorer for the passing of Charles Lamp. 1 join in extending sympathy to those whom he leaves behind.

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