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Wednesday, 2 March 1904

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister for External Affairs) . - I now rise, by leave, to ask the House to accept a resolution which I am sure will be unanimously, although regretfully, indorsed. I beg to move -

That this House desires to record its profound regret at the loss which the Commonwealth suffers in the death of the Right Honorable Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon, P.C., K.C.M.G., Member of the House of Representatives, and expresses its sincere condolence with his widow and the members of his family in their bereavement.

That Mr. Speaker be requested to convey the foregoing resolution to Lady Braddon.

Although as late associates of the right honorable gentleman in this Parliament, we had long been aware that the demands which he made upon his physical strength were in excess of those that could be safely borne, none of us had anticipated that after his recent successful campaign he would have been called from us before we had enjoyed the advantage of his presence in this. House. His death removes" from us one of the most marked and picturesque figures in the whole field of Australian politics. He came to us with a reputation as an administrator, earned under other skies, and from a high position which he had won solely by his own prowess and capacity. He stepped into the breach in an hour of danger in Hindustan, and it was by the signal force of character which he displayed at the time of its Great Mutiny that he was able to take the first steps in that career which afterwards became illustrious on this side ofthe world. He rapidly rose to the highest position in the island State in which he made his residence, speedily rising into notenot only for his achievements inlocal legislation, but from the fact that from its very inception he was one of the active leaders of the

Federal movement. As a member of the National Convention which drafted the Constitution under which the Commonwealth came into existence, and subsequently as a member of this House, and one of the leading lieutenants of the Opposition, he played a part signalized throughout by extreme courtesy to all his fellow members, coupled with a parliamentary ability which merited for him the high place he gained in the esteem and respect of the House. We can ill afford to part with men of affairs of such great and varied experience, men of scholarly and literary tastes, who have also made their mark in the field of practical achievement. They could ill be spared from any representative assembly in the world. His was a figure which any assembly must have been proud to possess, one which Ave shall long remember, and whose loss we all deplore.

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