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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) - Very briefly I wish to be associated with this tribute to the late Mr. A. V. Thompson. I was in this House for the whole period that he was here and I was proud to regard him as my friend. I believe he regarded me as his friend. We often followed each other in debate and I always appreciated the attitude he took. There was nothing fiery so far as party was concerned, but he would always put his case in a fiery way. He was very definite in what he said, but that did not interfere in any way with his friendship. As the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) said, he was a preacher. He not only preached but also practised the principles for which he stood, irrespective of circumstances. He was a man whom I regarded as being of the highest integrity. I join with other honorable members in expressing sympathy with Mrs. Thompson and her family.

Mr Harold Holt - Mr. Speaker, I suggest that as a mark of respect to the deceased gentlemen the sitting be suspended until 8 o'clock.

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