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Thursday, 21 February 1985
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Mr RUDDOCK —I realise that the time is late but I wish to be associated with the condolence motion and briefly add my support particularly to the remarks made by the honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Cadman) about Les Irwin. I was vice-president of his electorate conference for a time and I was also president of the Young Liberals Movement of Australia in his electorate. I knew him well. I had a high regard for him, notwithstanding his idiosyncrasies. I could reminisce a little about those but I gather that, as the time goes on, it is not really suitable. I wish particularly to be associated with this condolence motion because of my associations and my family's associations with Les Irwin over many years.

Like many of my colleagues I served in the Parliament for a short time with Dudley Erwin. I knew him considerably better after he left the Parliament because of his continuing associations with so many of us. I valued his counsel and advice and, like the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock), I was certainly very much aware of his style manual which he brought to my attention as soon as I became a member of this House.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable members standing in their places.