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Monday, 2 December 1985
Page: 2633


Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —I move:

That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death, on 29 November 1985, of the Hon. Sir Charles William Davidson, KBE, a former Minister of the Crown and Member of the House of Representatives for the Queensland Divisions of Capricornia, from 1946 to 1949, and Dawson, from 1949 to 1963, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service, and tenders its profound sympathy to his widow and the members of his family in their bereavement.

Sir Charles Davidson was born in 1897. He served in two world wars and received the Order of the British Empire in 1945, having been mentioned twice in dispatches. Sir Charles was a dairy farmer by occupation and a sugar cane farmer before entering Parliament. He was elected for the Country Party to the House of Representatives in 1946 for the Queensland seat of Capricornia and following a redistribution he was elected for Dawson in 1949.

He was Country Party Whip from 1950 to 1956 before being promoted to the positions of Minister for the Navy, which he held from 1956 to 1958, the Postmaster-General, which he held from 1956 to 1963. He was created a Knight Bachelor in 1964. Sir Charles was a long- standing and respected member of the House of Representatives and of the Parliament and on behalf of the Government I extend to his family our sincere sympathy in their bereavement.