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Mr Howard (Prime Minister) referred to the death of the Honourable R. Bishop, and moved—That this House expresses its deep regret at the death on Saturday, 3 July 1999, of Reginald Bishop, AO, Senator for the State of South Australia from 1962 to 1981, Postmaster-General from 1974 until 1975, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 1972 until 1974 and again from June until November 1975 and Minister for Repatriation from 1972 until 1974, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition) seconded the motion, and Mr Crean (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) addressed the House in support thereof.

All Members present having signified their respect and sympathy by rising in their places—

Debate adjourned (Mr Reith—Leader of the House), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.