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Thursday, 10 September 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I support the expressions of regret at the passing of Senator William Carroll which have been voiced by other honorable senators. It was my privilege to be associated with the late honorable senator for over 25 years, in the Country party movement of Western Australia, and in the Parliament of that State as well as in this Parliament. Senator Carroll, who was for some yean general secretary of the Primary Producers Association of Western Australia, served for a period in the Legislative Council of that State, and subsequently for nearly ten years he was a member of the National Parliament. Always a loyal friend and colleague, he possessed a delightful sense of humour; and although in later years he was in frail health, he remained to the end a faithful and consistent worker for Western Australia, and, indeed, for the Commonwealth, especially on behalf of the men and women on the land. My deepest sympathy goes out to his widow and family in their irreparable bereavement.

The PRESIDENT - Before submitting the motion to the Senate I wish to identify myself with the remarks of previous speakers in relation to the late Senator William Carroll. It was my great privilege to be acquainted with him for many years, from the time when he occupied a humble station in the western State, until, by slow degrees, his fellow citizens, recognizing his many qualities and advancing him from one position to another, finally chose him as their representative in this chamber. As has already been mentioned, Senator Carroll suffered severely in health during the closing years of his life; but at all times he exhibited great courage, sticking to his post through thick and thin, although -it would have been better for his health and personal comfort had he taken a rest, and left to others the duties which he continued to perform on behalf of those whom he represented in this chamber. Putting aside personal considerations the late honorable senator spent himself in the public interest, thus setting a noble example to others. It has been truly said that one must live with a person to know him thoroughly. Of our late colleague I can truthfully say that the better I knew him, the more I loved him. A keen student and faithful interpreter of matters of public interest, Senator Carroll was also a loyal comrade and good friend. Although we in this chamber feel a sense of loss at the passing of a friend and colleague, his death will' be felt most by his devoted wife. We can only hope that, as time passes, the severity of the blow will be softened, and that she will find comfort in the knowledge that he whom we all mourn to-day left behind him a record of duty faithfully and courageously performed.

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

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