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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
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Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —Very briefly, on behalf of Government senators, I want to say a word about Laurie Wallis who died on 10 January 1984 aged 62 years. Mr Wallis was the honourable member for Grey in South Australia from 1969 to 1980. During his period of service in this Parliament he belonged to and served on many committees. All those things are a matter of record in the Parliamentary Handbook and I do not want to go into them .

On my own behalf and, I believe, on behalf of my colleagues, I want to say that Laurie Wallis will be very well remembered by us all, firstly as a man of great integrity and a very honest man. Secondly, he was a man with a great deal of common sense. I think Laurie Wallis was one of the best barometers in this place if one wanted to find out what sensible people were thinking in the sometimes frenetic atmosphere which arises here. Thirdly, he was a very diligent and hard working member for his electorate. It was an enormous electorate and he knew it very well. He worked very hard for the people of Grey in the time he was in this Parliament and in difficult times. Because of that, he remained the honourable member for Grey. On behalf of the Government I place on record those things about Laurie Wallis and express our sympathy to his family in their bereavement.