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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade and Industry) . - I join the Australian Country Party in the motion of sympathy and regret proposed by the Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Holt). Sir Abubakar was greatly regarded as one of the leading figures of Africa and of the Commonwealth. I had the good fortune to sit in a Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference with him and I know the respect with which he was held by all of those who were present. It is history that just before his death he was giving real leadership in Africa, particularly in the conference at Lagos, from which he and many of his African associates expected great developments. It is a tragedy that this man who was so well regarded should have been taken in such dreadful circumstances. I join in the expressions of sympathy.

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

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