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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2109


Mr FISHER(10.32) —I thank the House for giving me the opportunity to move this motion immediately. I move:

That this House-

(1) notes-

(a) that on 5 October 1984, this House praised the outstanding achievements of Australians Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer who reached the top of the world's highest mountain Mt Everest, the first climbers to do so without oxygen, and

(b) less than a week later, the tragic loss suffered by a combined Australia- New Zealand team in pursuit of the same achievement, and

(2) extends to the family and friends of Dr William From of Brisbane and Mr Craig Nottle of Melbourne its sincere sympathy and mourns their loss and praises their courage as they dared to meet this great challenge.

As we know, this week the House acknowledged the tremendous and outstanding achievements of two Australians, Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer, who reached the top of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. This outstanding feat was made all the more remarkable because they were able to do it without the use of oxygen. However, yesterday we learnt of the tragic loss of two young Australians who also accepted this great challenge. Dr William From of Brisbane and Mr Craig Nottle of Melbourne were part of a combined Australia-New Zealand team that was in pursuit of the same achievement-to scale Everest. There is probably no greater challenge in sport in Australia or the world, and their efforts have captured the imagination of the world.

It is with great regret that I have to move in this House today that we extend our sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Dr William From of Brisbane and Mr Craig Nottle of Melbourne. We mourn their loss. We praise their courage as they dared to meet this great challenge. This combined Australia-New Zealand team in pursuit of climbing Mount Everest was led by the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Hillary. It is unfortunate that this expedition has now had to curtail its challenge, but we recognise that in this challenge we have seen one of those great expressions of endeavour that have contributed so much to the development of the world and to the extension of the pride we have in our great sports people.

In extending sympathy from this House today I am sure we all acknowledge the great effort of these two young Australians. We are very proud of the efforts that they made. I call on my colleague the honourable member for Darling Downs ( Mr McVeigh) to second this motion of condolence, as Dr William From of Brisbane was well known to him.