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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1107

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate) - I associate myself and my Party colleagues with the motion of condolence. Norman Kirk was one of New Zealand's foremost Prime Ministers. He possessed tremendous strength of leadership and at the same time wide popularity at all levels in the community. At home he was regarded as a national champion. Abroad he commanded genuine admiration and respect. He had both the background and the ability to remain in close touch with the battler and the man in the street and he did this to his country's gain. Having just spent a week in New Zealand I feel that I know the depth of esteem in which Mr Kirk was held by his countrymen.

Everywhere one heard sincere expressions of New Zealand's great loss at a time when the nation needed such a man and such a leader. On behalf of my Party we offer to Mrs Kirk and to her family our deepest sympathy.

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