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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr GORTON (Higgins) (Prime Minister) - Mr Speaker, I feel that honourable members would want me to make reference in this House to the death yesterday of Mr Robert Joshua, a member of the House from 1951 to 1955. Mr Joshua represented the seat of Ballaarat. He became Leader of the Anti-Communist Labor Party in 1955 and subsequently he was appointed as the first Federal President of the Democratic Labor Party, a position he held from 1957 until his death. Mr Joshua will be remembered by those who knew him in this place as a kindly man with strong convictions, with a strong sense of his duty to the nation of Australia and with the courage to stick by those convictions and carry out what he believed to be his duty. He was very well respected in the Ballaarat community as a devoted family man and as a leader of the Anglican church. He had too a distinguished war record, saw service with the Australian Imperial Force in the Middle East and New Guinea, was wounded 3 times and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. In private life he was an accountant and a member of the Stock Exchange. I extend on behalf of the Government our deepest sympathy to his widow and family.

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