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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
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Senator COATES —by leave-Ray Thorburn, like me, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972, re-elected in 1974 and defeated in 1975. We served the whole of the three years of the Whitlam Government together and we served on at least one committee together. He was another hard working Australian Labor Party member of parliament whose seat was unfortunately too marginal. I regret that I did not keep up contact with him, as with so many others after 1975, but I have good memories of him from that hectic three-year period. I also regret not having been able to attend his funeral but I do now express my sincere sympathy to his family.