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 2 DEATH OF FORMER MEMBER (THE HONOURABLE DR JAMES FORD CAIRNS)

Mr Howard (Prime Minister) referred to the death of the Honourable Dr J. F. Cairns, and moved—That this House record its deep regret at the death on 12 October 2003 of the Honourable Dr James Ford Cairns, former Federal Minister and Member for Yarra and Lalor, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition) having seconded the motion, and Mr Anderson (Leader of the Nationals) and other Members having addressed the House in support thereof, and all Members present having risen, in silence—

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