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Wednesday, 17 February 1932

Mr MAXWELL (Fawkner) .- I enjoyed and valued greatly the friendship of the late Mr. Foster, and wish, therefore, to utter a word of affectionate respect as a tribute to his memory. I endorse every word that has been said about the late Mr. Foster by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) and the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory). Mr. Foster was no plaster saint, but he was as straight as a gun barrel. He had strong convictions and the rare courage of his convictions. The vicissitudes of life, both public and private, he met breast forward, and I question that he ever entertained a momentary doubt that right would ultimately triumph. When :we meet on an occasion like this to consecrate ourselves to the service of our King and country, and remember with honour those who have gone before, I sometimes wonder whether we are not compassed about with a great cloud of unseen witnesses - those who have finished their course and gone before. It may be so. One thing of which I feel certain is that men such as those whose memory we are honouring to-day, being dead yet speak to those who have ears to hear. They are saying to us, " Work while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work." The most effective way in which we. can express our respect for the memory of such men is by giving earnest heed to their silent admonitions.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable members standing in their places.

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