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Thursday, 21 February 1985
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Mr HAWKE (Prime Minister) —I move:

That this House expresses its deep regret at the deaths of Mr Dudley Erwin, Sir William Haworth and Mr Leslie Irwin and conveys its deepest sympathy to their families.

Dudley Erwin had a long and distinguished career in this House. Elected to the seat of Ballarat in 1955, he retired from the House in 1975. From February to November 1969 he served as Minister for Air and Leader of the House. He was a member of several committees and was Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary and Government Publications. He also served as Government Whip from February 1967 to February 1969.

Dudley Erwin was deeply involved in the turbulent politics of the late 1960s. His comments at the time of his dismissal from the Ministry for Air will stand as among the more colourful and memorable bons mots uttered by one from this place. Dudley Erwin's interests were wide-ranging. He was a dedicated life member of the Returned Services League. He was also a vigorous supporter of small business and served as President of the Australian Association of Independent Businesses. Dudley Erwin's passing we all regret. To his widow and children we convey our sincerest sympathy.

Mr Speaker, we were also saddened by the death of Sir William Haworth. Sir William originally served in the Victorian Legislative Assembly between 1937 and 1945. For a brief period late in 1945 he was Minister for Health and Minister of Housing in the then Victorian Government. In 1949 Sir William was elected to the Federal seat of Issacs, a seat he held until his retirement in September 1969. Sir William was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs from 1959 to 1966. From 1960 to 1969 he was Temporary, later Deputy, Chairman of Committees. Throughout his time in this House Sir William demonstrated a keen interest in the processes of the Parliament. International affairs also attracted his concentrated attention. On the occasion of his death I am sure that all members of this House will join me in conveying sincerest sympathy to Sir William's widow, Freda.

Leslie Irwin is another whose death saddens us all. Leslie Irwin was elected to the seat of Mitchell in this House in 1963. He retained the seat until 1972. As a member of this House, he served on the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aircraft Noise and the House of Representatives Select Committee on Pharmaceutical Benefits. He was also a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts. Before joining this House, Leslie Irwin had had a distinguished record of service in the First World War. For 33 years he had also worked as a manager in the Bank of New South Wales. Leslie Irwin was a dedicated and conscientious member whose passing I know we all regret. His family has our sincerest sympathy.

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