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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
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Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —It is with deep regret that I inform the Senate of the death on 28 December 1983 of former Senator Francis Patrick McManus. I move:

That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death, on 28 December 1983, of Francis Patrick McManus, CMG, Senator for the State of Victoria from 1956 to 1962 and from 1965 to 1974 and former Leader and Deputy Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Former Senator McManus died on 28 December 1983 when most honourable senators were on holiday or enjoying the break from this chamber. His death was perhaps less noticed than it might have been because it occurred on that date. He was a founding member of the Democratic Labor Party and he represented my State, Victoria, as a senator from 1956 to 1962 and from 1965 to 1974. I had personally a little to do with Senator McManus in 1955 before he became Democratic Labor Party senator for Victoria, but after that time I had no personal knowledge or experience of him except of his public record as a senator and as a person who was outspoken about the things in which he believed. He was, of course, a parliamentary leader in the Senate for a brief time between October 1973 and April 1974, and prior to that he was Deputy Leader of the Democratic Labor Party .

During his term of office in the Senate he served on a number of committees, I believe with distinction. As a result of that period of dedicated public service he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in December 1979. I am sure that all honourable senators will join with the Government in expressing compassion and condolences to those members of his family who survive him after a prominent public career.