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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
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Senator ELSTOB —I also wish to join in the condolences for Mr Laurie Wallis. Mr Wallis worked very hard for the electorate of Grey. Laurie Wallis would meet with people of any political persuasion. He worked just as hard for members of the Country Party or the Liberal Party as he did for Aboriginals or members of the Australian Labor Party. It did not make any difference whether a person was wealthy or poor or what position he held, Laurie Wallis worked very hard. I believe he gained the respect of people in the electorate of Grey. It is a great loss because he worked so hard. I know that Laurie Wallis used to burn out a car every twelve months because of the distances that he had to travel in the huge electorate of Grey in South Australia.

Laurie Wallis retired only a couple of years before he died. Before he entered Parliament he was a boilermaker. I believe that, like so many boilermakers, he had to work with asbestos. I still believe that that was the cause of Laurie Wallis's early death. It is a great shame that Laurie Wallis could not have gained some enjoyment from his retirement. His family saw very little of him. Any member who works in a huge electorate such as Grey must sacrifice some pleasant things, such as family life. My sympathy goes to his family, because, for the ten years he was a member, they saw very little of him. It is a great loss. As I said, it is unfortunate that he could not have had more time to enjoy his retirement. On behalf of all South Australian senators, I extend condolences to his wife and family.