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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 311


Senator COLLARD (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —The National Party of Australia wishes to be associated with this motion of condolence. As the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Button, has said, seldom do we move a motion of condolence in this chamber for people other than members of parliament, but such was the stature of Sir Macfarlane Burnet that we have done so today. He was a great man in many aspects, a man who stood astride the pages of modern history. Australia is really a small country, but men of the calibre of Sir Macfarlane Burnet have given us international standing. His work has been recognised around the world.

He was a man from humble beginnings. I think it was only last Sunday on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Science Show that a complete program was devoted to an interview with him. He gave a great discourse on his work and his humble upbringing. One was able, in no small way, to ferret out the great contribution he had made to medical science, not only in Australia but to the world in general.