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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 37


Senator ARCHER —I, too, was one of those fortunate enough to have been here during the time that Sir Condor Laucke was the President of the Senate. I do not think I can add anything to the description of the man as I remember him. I do not think I have ever seen a person with official duties to perform who was so meticulous about the quality, the standing and the correctness of those duties and how they were carried out. He was a most generous man—generous of his time and generous of his goods. He was generous to other people in an ordinary, everyday way. He was a gentleman, he was a true public man and he was a friend of all.

  He was a wonderful guide to new senators. He took everyone individually under his arm as they came in. He would take them into his suite and listen to them. He would ring them up after they had made a speech and make suggestions as to how they may or may not deal with a subject in future. It did not matter whether they were government or opposition; he would still treat them all the same. He would advise on various standards and procedures to anybody he thought was erring because of a lack of knowledge.

  He loved to talk to people and he would invite them, one at a time, around to his suite very often, just so that he could talk to them about the things they did, the background that they had and the way that things were operating in South Australia. He had his considerable interests in business as well as pastoral and farming pursuits. He had this desire for, if not perfection, certainly very high quality in every way. I am very sad at the passing of Sir Condor Laucke. I wish to be associated with the condolence motion, particularly as it affects Lady Rose and his family.