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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1485

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no dissent, leave is granted.

Senator MURPHY -I move:

That the Senate expresses its deep regret at 'the death on 26 September 1974 of the Right Honourable Sir Eric Harrison, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., a member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Wentworth from 1 93 1 to 1956, and during this' time a Minister of the Crown, Acting Prime Minister,' Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Resident Minister in London, and then from 1956 to 1964 High Commissioner for Australia in London, and that it places on record its appreciation of his long and distinguished public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his widow and family.

Sir EricHarrison served this country with great distinction as a soldier, politician and diplomat. He achieved great success in each of these fields of activity. His record in this Parliament cannot be matched by many others. Sir Eric held the seat of Wentworth in New South Wales from 1931 until 1956 when he retired to be appointed Australian High Commissioner in London. His ministerial experience was quite outstanding. During the time that he was in Parliament he held the posts of Minister for the Interior, Minister without Portfolio, Postmaster-General, Minister for Repatriation, Minister for Defence, Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and Australian Resident Minister in London. He also acted as Prime Minister. He was noted for his integrity by members on all sides of the Parliament, and he won high praise for his work as the Leader of the House.

He was appointed as High Commissioner in London by Sir Robert Menzies and represented Australia there for the next 9 years. He served with the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War, and during the Second World War he was appointed liaison officer with the United States force. He will be remembered as a man who never shied away from a political fight and a man of great loyalty to his colleagues and to his principles. On behalf of the Government I extend our sympathy to his wife and family, and I commend the motion to the Senate.

The PRESIDENT - I call the Leader of the Opposition.

Senator Withers - Mr President,I request that you call Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson to speak on behalf of the Liberal senators.

The PRESIDENT - I call Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson.

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